Lost Christianities. The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. Bart D. Ehrman. Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be. The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs, according to Bart Ehrman, author of Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We . From Publishers Weekly. What if Marcion’s canon-which consisted only of Luke’s Gospel and Paul’s letters, entirely omitting the Old Testament-had become.

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My only desire is that it might have included more of the apocrypha, but I suppose I can go read them on my own chdistianities and that too much inclusion of the xhristianities might have made this long and overbearing.

Other books were written in the same period, some of them by the same authors. Surely these “false teachers” also felt that the writers of the NT had it wrong. How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World.

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Ehrman’s discussion ranges from considerations of various “lost scriptures”–including forged gospels supposedly written by Simon Peter, Jesus’s closest disciple, and Judas Thomas, Jesus’s alleged twin brother–to the disparate beliefs of such groups as the Jewish-Christian Ebionites, the anti-Jewish Marcionites, and various “Gnostic” sects. He explores why the so-called proto-orthodox “won” out, offering reasons that range from geography to forgery and slander, but he does not spend much time asking whether their theology is more accurate, more true, than the theology on offer by the other “varieties” of Christianity.

So, for him, the puzzle of the rise of Christian Orthodoxy is also the puzzle of the development of the Christian New Testament. Jan 01, Skylar Burris rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The author is a well regarded professor of Religious Studies who focuses on early Christianity, so his angle is purely academic and not religious. Is the earth the creation of a Supreme Being or the work of a bumbling and perhaps evil quasi-supreme being?

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Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. It explained what each Church Father believed was the “right” way to view Jesus’ divinity and what each one of them considered heretical.

Books That Did Not Make It into the New Testamentwhich contains new translations of many of the non-canonical writings analyzed in this book. So, if you’re aware of all this, and can translate out of academese on the fly, LC will be very interesting. They thought he was a heretic.

And after all this, he eventually lost his faith. The process did not take a few months or years. But, how, exactly, do the proto-orthodox, who at the time had no state power and were occasionally subject to persecution, carry out their “machinations” except by intellectual persuasion and accepted authority which itself implies that orthodoxy was established earlier than Ehrman suggests.

The book was content-heavy.

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

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Let no one add to these; let nothing be taken away from them. The author traces out why these other books never came to be included in the official canon, and discusses how the Bible might have turned out differently from the one we know.

You just have to read the many references to “false teachers” in the NT to see that. Scrupulously researched and lucidly written, Lost Christianities is an eye-opening account of politics, power, and the clash of ideas among Christians in the decades before one group came to see its views prevail.

Ehrman rounds things out nicely. I had read this book around ten years ago and decided to re-read it.

However, in spite of this repetion, there is enough new information here to make “Lost Christianities” worth reading. The Gnostics were not into organization and hierarchy – a problem for growing and sustaining a religion. For one, even where there’s an ambiguity over the authorship of Hebrews within the LDS faith see Szink, in How The New Testament Came to Bethe inspiration thereof was never a mat I can’t recommend this to anyone lacking a thorough familiarity with the pitfalls in cchristianities criticism, which can ultimately lead one to question everything and believe very little.


Within Book One is Book Two: Christianitirs their view of this history is learned or assumed, it usually goes something like this in a nutshell: Ehrman puts all on even ground so that each has an equal voice, because recent discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls have proven just how diverse Christian practices really were back in the first and second centuries.

Also of interest are the actual noncanonical texts, many of which can be found collected in “Lost Books of the Bible. And many of the writings have only been rediscovered in the 20th century.

Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity. I would give the book 3.

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Their teachings varied widely fr Growing up in a Christian family, the Bible just was. Elliott Tiffany rated it it was amazing Shelves: Today people will talk about how there’s a difference between the Old Testament God of wrath and the New Testament God of eurman.

See all reviews. Perhaps you won’t need that assist, but I’m glad I had it.

While the what-ifs get a little too speculative, the documentation provided and the history covered in Lost Christianities provide an informed foundation for understanding the evolution of the religion we know today.