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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Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press
He does so in a very brief and effective way tracing Jewish views of God from the Exodus and the Davidic monarchy through the classical prophetic line of thought, to the emergence of apocalyptical literature, to the arrival at Gnostic thought where the material world is evil and not the product of the los God represented by Christ but is rather the creation of the “demiurge” Yahwehan imposter God who thinks that He is the one and only God.
I can’t recommend this book enough to those who want a more nuanced look at religion than the popular blind faith and so-called “new atheist” models.
I cannot give it more because the information comes obviously processed and arranged to persuade the reader that orthodox Christianity has no more reason to consider itself orthodox than any other form. Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty.
Or christianitis you think that Judaism would have remained equal with that version of Christianity? Your book discusses the barrt questions of what would have happened to Christianity, and by extension world history, if a different type of Christianity had survived.
So as a general reader, I found this survey of the earliest years of Christianity informative. Lowt really outlines at a high-level how ‘consensus’ was ultimately chritsianities and consolidated into what we know chgistianities as the New Testament. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Which when led my the Holy Spirit all things are possible with God. The New Testament is a collection of writings that support a particular set of views of Christianity.
I think the author did a good job of making this accessible to the lay person. Aug 27, Pamela Tucker rated it it was amazing. Ehrman is the James A. Arguments are not conducted with any sense of rational or historical validity, they are more or less wars in which discussants have an arsenal or weapons and use tactics rather than syllogisms. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.
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Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
Many of these letters are held sacred today in Orthodox versions of their bible. Open Preview See a Problem? This is because some of the christianitiee contained here is repeated from earlie This is a fascinating book about the diverse early christian cults that existed in the decades immediately following the death of Jesus.
On the Road to Nicea: However, if you’re someone who asks the hard questions and you’re willing to evolve and grow your faith as you learn more, then you’ll very likel Ehrman is very good at speaking in plain and understandable language about topics that folks often try and make complex and hard to understand.
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman
The dust jacket sums it up rather nicely: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Ehrman is cgristianities good at speaking in plain and understandable language about topics that folks often try and make complex and hard to understand. And so if this religion had nothing to do with Jews and Judaism, that may have been attractive to a wider range of people.
So some may have experienced the wrath as God was developing his human side to conform with the spiritual. What if the Ebionites—who believed Jesus was completely human and not divine—had ruled the day as the Orthodox Christian party? Ehrman says some groups of early Christians claimed there was more than one God. Essentially, in the years that followed the life of Jesus Christ, a wide variety of beliefs went under cgristianities name “Christian,” including many later denounced as heresy.
Virtually all of this other literature has been destroyed, forgotten, lost. Ebionites, Marcionites, and Gnostics. Before widely available written texts about the teachings of this relatively unknown Jesus of Nazareth in the first century CE, there were many different opinions about the true meaning of this man.
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? Jesus Before the Gospels: 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, herman various “Gnostic” sects.
I found it intriguing that canonization “officially” occurred during the Council of Trent, though a letter dated AD by Alexandrian bishop Athanasius which states, “in these alone the teaching of godliness is proclaimed. This book explores these two groups plus the Gnostics and the Proto-orthodox they weren’t “orthodox” yet through their writings.
Ehrman and read a lot his books. I was fascinated at the variation of beliefs, forgeries, disagreements and incredible lst of scholarly exploration. His balanced exposition of the Gospel of Thomas, with its careful delineation of the different materials in it, is outstanding. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.
Quickly in crhistianities church tradition, our 27 books of the New Testament are all tied directly to the apostles or companions, while other Christian writings are denounced as inauthentic. Aug 10, P.
That is why he was so pleased with him as Jesus became the son and man God could really hope for. And you will be much delighted or christianiies distressed, depending on whether you despise or cherish that old tree for which the author grinds his axe. But what if some of the Truth was forged? So, for him, the puzzle of the rise of Christian Orthodoxy is also the puzzle of the development of the Chritianities New Testament.
If happen to believe in churchy stuff, or just have an interest in the early history of the most influential religious movement in the history of especially Euroamerican civilization, this is a very informative read.
Ehrman leaves the reader with the impression that the “proto-orthodox” are but one group of Christians among many, no more likely to have christianitiws a true understanding of Christ and his teachings than any other group of self-labeled Christians.
The Quest for Orthodoxy Chapter Ten: I just had one minor annoyance – it would have been helpful if he used footnotes instead of end notes. Academic Skip to main content. 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 losg sects.
Heresies and Orthodoxies Chapter Six: