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. 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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Their teachings varied widely from christiwnities other. 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. The subtitle of the book appropriately describes “the Faiths that We Never Knew” and primarily focuses on their co-existence and eventual congealment with the early proto-orthodox church.

Oxford University Press Publication Date: Brillcoeditor in chief for the journal Vigiliae Christianae, and on several other editorial boards for journals and monographs in the field.

Ehrman is a solid scholar who seems to have decided that he needs that cash money baby, so he writes more or less respectable books in such a way that they sound like a Hollywood movie.

This book opens the reader’s mind to the possibility that the traditional “orth I must say that this book was a great follow-up to ” Misquoting Jesus: This question, ehmran the most essential question, is one Ehrman seems to regard as unimportant. Ehrman is very good at speaking in plain and understandable language about topics that folks often try and make complex and hard to understand. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. There are many instances that will give the mind something to expand into the unknown truths of God and how the human side is vulnerable to many things in life.

Arguments are not conducted with any sense of rational or historical validity, they are more ehrmzn less wars in which discussants have an arsenal or weapons and use tactics rather than syllogisms. Is the theology of a gospel written over years after Christ’s death to be trusted more than the theology of a gospel written within less than thirty years of his death?


Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. Mar 19, Ken Robert rated it really liked it. Erhman brings up some seriously tough issues.

That’s how a lot of people look on Gnosticism–it seems more like an Eastern religion because its practitioners are interested in acquiring insight and enlightenment rather than ehrma through the death of Jesus. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I give Lost Christianities 4. Ehrman and read a lot his books. Furthermore, the New Testament as we know it today did not exist in early Christian times.

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

It’s almost as if someone started speaking of the “varieties of Judaism” and began behaving as though the Samaritans and the Christians had as much authority to define Judaism as the Jews. The Quest for Orthodoxy Chapter Ten: And then you have to wonder, if that’s the case, whether Western Christianity would have come to dominate the world as it has.

We would have a different New Testament to begin with. Most recognized Jesus as special, but just couldn’t agree on how his message fit in with his Hebrew origins in a pagan world. The proto-orthodox Christians won out over many other groups, and bequeathed to us the four Gospels, a church hierarchy, a set of practices and beliefs, and doctrines such as the Trinity. What if one of those texts had been written by L.

Ehrman, a recognized authority of early christianity also is a skilled writer, making this a fine introduction to the early chaos that in time coalesced into the christian orthodoxy. This funny question dropped into the mailbox today. Thanks for telling us about the ehrmqn.

I’ve often said I would heartily shake hands with anyone who’d read J. Ehrmman by Bart D. Jul 23, Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing. It served to unite many diverse churches and belief systems into a what is now known as orthodoxy.


How has our world been shaped by this?

Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press

If they had won, then I guess we wouldn’t have an Old Testament anymore and there would be no connection between Judaism and Christianity. Gnosticism is a religion based on insider knowledge, and it’s hard to know whether that can ever become a mass religion or not, since it presupposes that you’ve got a large group of people who don’t understand, and only a few of the insiders who do understand.

Choose your country or region Close. View all 10 comments. Bekendam rated it really liked it. Certain sects maintained that Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human. Oxford University Press- Bibles – pages. And so if this religion had nothing to do with Jews and Judaism, that may have been attractive to a wider range of people.

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His balanced exposition of the Gospel of Thomas, with its careful delineation of the different materials in it, is outstanding. I don’t doubt that force was involved in the winners becoming winners, but it certainly wasn’t the only thing involved, which this book may suggest.

Loyal Enemies Jamie Gilham. The Gnostics were not into organization and hierarchy – a problem for growing and sustaining a religion. The followers of Christ were more diverse over the first few centuries of the Christinities religion than they are even now. Growing up in a Christian family, the Bible just was.