Lost Christianities. The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. Bart D. Ehrman. Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be. These are just a few of the many provocative questions you explore in Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication. In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox.

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Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman

Jan 29, Steven Stark rated it really liked it. Heathens, and they were influenced by christiantiies own lusts ehrmann desires, and thought of no one but themselves. What if Marcion’s canon—which consisted only of Luke’s Gospel and Paul’s letters, entirely omitting the Old Testament—had become Christianity’s canon? Ehrman is very good at speaking in plain and understandable language about topics that folks often try and make complex and hard to understand.

It’s a good question, because Marcionite Christianity was popular for the same reasons similar beliefs are popular today. Discover what to read next. This review, of course, is only scratching the surface of the surface. This book opens the reader’s mind to the possibility that the traditional “orthodoxy” may not accurately reflect the original teaching of Jesus. Some believed that the world had christianitiex been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity.

The followers of Christ were more diverse over the first few centuries of the Christian religion than they are even now. Some believed Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human.


LOST CHRISTIANITIES: The Battles for Scriptures and the Faiths We Never Knew

Ehrman also discusses ancient forgery, both inside and outside of the New Testament, including one example The Secret Christianifies of Mark where many scholars are very divided on its authenticity.

My favorite part of the book is where Ehrman describes the Jewish origins of Gnosticism. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. May 17, Russell rated it it was amazing. Ehrman writes from the perspective of a historian, not a theologian, so he is not trying to push one particular view as “true” – his intent is to discuss what all these disparate people, who all called themselves Christians, actually believed.

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The Ancient Discovery of a Forgery: To canonized scripture, of course. I don’t doubt that force was involved in chistianities winners becoming winners, but it certainly wasn’t the only thing involved, which this book may suggest.

Dr Erhman examines the history behind some of these questions, fairly, in my opinion. All of these groups insisted that they upheld the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, christiaanities they all possessed writings that bore out their claims, books reputedly produced by Jesus’s own followers.

But what if some of the Truth was forged?

There’s probably something in this for anyone who hasn’t already made a reasonably in-depth study of the christianitiess, and plenty for anyone who hasn’t. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

As for Ehrman’s book, I do know what to make of it. He points out that “recent” finds such as the Nag Hammadi Library have provided us with additional insights into unaccepted thinking from various early christian groups. Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox Christians”–those who eventually compiled the canonical books of whrman New Testament and standardized Christian belief–and the groups they denounced as heretics and ultimately overcame.


This is because some of the information contained here is repeated from earlier works, especially his great book “Misquoting Jesus”. Return to Book Page.

Whether you’re a Catholic, a mainline Protestant, an Evangelical, or, like me, a secularist, it’s an interesting read. Ehrman is the James A. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Describes content of various apocryphal gospels, epistles and revelations used by the various factions, focusing on the “lost” manuscripts, many of which surfaced in 20th century as a result of dead sea scrolls and nag hammadi discoveries.

It also gives an invaluable perspective on the various prejudices and struggles that religious leaders had to encounter in order to retain their views of historical truths as they interpreted the existing documents at the time.

Ehrman’s not a particularly good writer on a technical level I don’t think it’s necessary to be that repetitive even in a work of popular history on a sensitive t This is an okay introduction to the history of the construction of the Christian canon, and a discussion of some of the theological ideas held by various ancient Christian sects which didn’t survive antiquity.