Forgery and Counterforgery The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics Ehrman has produced a learned and engaging survey of early Christian. On Friday I will be giving a talk at a symposium at York University in Toronto that will be focusing on the use of forgery in the early Christian. Full text of “Bart D. Ehrman – Forged: Writing In The Name Of God – Why The Bible’s .. The forgery trade continues to thrive; forgeries in the names of George .

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This he finds totally implausible, on less than convincing grounds.

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This was as true bagt Christians as it was for everyone else. He is not afraid to call out antiSemitism – in fact, he notes that it’s a good thing that several apocryphal and forged books did not make it into the canon, because they were even more antiSemitic than the ones that did make it in! And it’s not the only one. The Gospel of John, the last of our canonical Gospels, goes a step farther.

I once found Truth in the Brat Church, especially in its more evangelical forms. The first formed a poetic couplet: A pseudepigraphal writing, then, is one that is claimed to be written by a famous, well-known, or authoritative person who did not in fact write it.

They had a truth to convey, and they were happy to lie in order to pro- claim it. In the cases presented in this chapter, the Christians were responding to their conflicts with Jews and pagans.

The early church was not capable of the kind of careful textual analysis that can reveal literary fraud in these texts. For Paul, any Gentile who tried to keep the law completely misunderstood that salvation comes from Christ’s death alone, to be received by faith.


He is the first of the disciples to be mentioned; he is portrayed as being in Jesus’ inner circle, and there are many instances fofged Peter is the only individual to stand over and against Jesus.

Moreover, some analogy exists related to the liberty the historian could take in recreating speeches.

This country cannot tell a lie. But Ehrman rightly in my opinion replies that, whatever reason the forger had in mind and however noble it may have appeared to him, it is still deceit. Weren’t they taught always to tell the truth? It is impossible to say whether the complete Gospel of Peter in- cluded stories of Jesus’s birth, life, ministry, teachings, miracles, and so on before the account of his Passion and resurrection.

This is not a ‘Bible hammering’ bout as an atheist might expect and neither is it your typical Bible knowledge text-book.

In large part that was because in antiquity there simply weren’t the research tools available that we have today: What qualifies pseudepigrapha as forgery, then, is authorial intent. Consider the motivations for forgery mentioned earlier. He says those who use milder adjectives are not supported by the evidence.

Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God”…

I told the story to my kids because I wanted them to be like young George. For one thing, as churches multiplied, each of them could no longer claim to have as its leader someone who had known an apostle or even someone who knew someone who once knew an apostle.

But I do want to say that this idea that there was a split between their views is not just a mod- ern notion. They may have thought and believed, at least in their own minds, that they had very good reasons for doing what they did.

To the amateur historian of religion, it is a picnic basket of delights. The book you’re reading now is not that scholarly monograph. But for me, it seems, he did not try to explain, rather disdain, so he did not catch all the explanations.


But even though it was not an illegal ehtman, it was a deceitful one that involved conscious lying, as the ancients themselves said.

Bart Ehrman, Forged

It also contains what almost anyone today would call lies. Still, there were instances in which forged books foorged turn a profit, as we learn from a famous author named Galen, a second-century physician who lived in Rome.

Readers will be surprised, then, to read on the very next page that Ehrman regards Acts as a forgery: And if it contained er- rors, it was not completely true. He spent some time in jail as a young adult, having been caught forging lunch vouchers. What is clear is the fact that Paul was not a member of the ultra-wealthy does not preclude his use of a secretary for editing and composition.

When Serapion received word that the Gospel he had previ- ously approved might contain docetic teachings, he was naturally disturbed, and so he procured a copy to read. In writings of this sort, which are wrongly attributed to a well-known person, the author is not trying to deceive anyone. Sometimes authors simply take a pen name. He also uses this passage as a reason to think Paul is teaching a different view of salvation!

As a climax to this seemingly never ending story, at the end of Kujau’s life he produced an autobiography, which was never published.