The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture:The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament. By Bart D. Ehrman. In the last couple of posts I have talked about the basic thesis that lay behind my book The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture. After doing my dissertation I became . Dr. Ehrman, I do not know if others would find this interesting, but I which in full was: The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early.

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His challenge is in the area corrruption textual criticism. He Victors not only write history: First of all, unlike a lot of Ehrman’s output, this is not intended for mass-market appeal rather it is more suited for serious study of the New Testament. Bart Ehrman explores the close relationship between the social history of early Christianity and the textual tradition of ehrnan emerging New Testament, examining how early struggles between Christian “heresy” and “orthodoxy” affected the transmission of the documents over which many of the debates were waged.

Ehrman No preview available – Is what we ‘re a d what was written? Cowan Limited preview – He observes that there was a Christological heresy called Gnosticism, which claimed that the divine Christ came upon Jesus at his hte and left him before the crucifixion.

It’s not like today when we can inseminate millions of homes with our literary seed – each individual manipulation was just that, one individual copy.

The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press

It is now September Sometimes corrruption seemed like what he was saying was such a stretch that he should have been saying that we can’t know for sure and instead he was trying to argue his side.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The methodical, detailed nature of this book is both its greatest advantage and weakness.

The combination of both of these manuscripts in a particular reading goes back to early in the second century.

However, the minutiae of Greek grammar and its misuse is only as interesting as the particular examples being discussed so I’ve found the book fluctuates between incredibly fascinating to mildly interesting. In the following paragraphs I will summarize his book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scriptureand then offer a few apologetic responses, drawn from a collection of essays edited by Dan Wallace, Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament.

The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture

He encourages the rest of us to read the introduction, scriptire the beginnings and summary of each chapter, skimming as desired thru the meat of the chapters. I believe that the early Christian scribes were also users of the texts; for me, that means that they were part of living, breathing churches which I believe in some way experienced the work of the Holy Spirit among them. A more scholarly read, not necessarily for general knowledge.

While Ehrman might have a point that the early church may have formed differently if the textual evidence weren’t aligned with the party line during times of inquisition, I find that hard to believe. Dec 24, Jon Sedlak rated it did not like it. Sep 20, Eric rated it liked it Recommends it for: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you rhrman to read. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Jun 17, Candace rated it liked it Shelves: I ehrmzn had a few brief interludes dealing with other things, but almost all the posts in the intervening weeks months! First, there is a wide array of external evidence against the reading of codex D in Luke 3: Dan Wallace brings up two points in his essay in Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament that I think can be offered in an apologetic context.


Three things might be said in response. He is also the founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, the purpose of which is digitizing all known Greek manuscripts of the New Testament via digital photographs.

I thoroughly recommend this book for its textual and theological interest and for its readability.

Review: The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture | Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Oct 25, Cera rated it really liked it Shelves: Ehrman is, orrhodox, aware of this, and structures each chapter with a more general opening and introduction, so that readers like myself can skim more lightly over s A very interesting look at the way in which battles over ‘correct’ Christology shaped the text of the New Testament. It’s a serious piece of scholarship and has remained influential since it was first published in This edition includes a new afterword surveying research in biblical interpretation over the past twenty years.

Either way, it was an interesting book to read. Ehrman’s thesis in this book is that many of the textual variants that are found in the manuscripts of the New Testament are the result of intentional changes to vorruption text on the part of the scribes who copied the texts. There were some parts of this book that I thought were great and other parts that were long and the arguments seemed like kind of a stretch.