Thursday, February 24, 2011

Misquoting Jesus

I am currently reading a book by Bart D. Ehrman called “Misquoting Jesus” published in 2005. This is a scholarly book so it is not an easy read when you have to check that many end notes. It is a study about how our bible was written and rewritten by the copiers over the years. Some of it is disturbing but most of the revelations are about changes I have known about for many years.

It seems that men who copied scripture often did the wording to meet their own theological bent. Sometimes one monk would make a commentary note in the margin and later the man who was charged with making a new copy would include the commentary in the body of the text. We know this happened because we have found ancient manuscripts with out the changes in them.

More about this book later after I have finished reading the book.

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