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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My only hesitation in recommending this book is for those who have read some of Ehrman’s other works. Those would have been excluded from the get-go.
View all 7 comments. In the grand tradition of late twentieth century academia, Ehrman assumes that the other is good, no matter its constituent parts, and that what wins out is bad, no matter its comparative rational or historical accuracy.
On the other hand, it does seem to be more trouble than the subject is worth. I was fascinated at the variation of beliefs, christianiries, disagreements and incredible amount of scholarly exploration.
To canonized scripture, of course. Audio download of 24 lectures, 30 minutes each, and an page lecture guide. Bromley Snippet view – Here is a sentence from “Lost Christianities” that provides a clue to why the book is not christanities very sensational, as well as a clue to Ehrman’s perspective: I did learn some things which were new to me—about the Marcionites and Ebionites—but never really got into the book otherwise.
He issues an important reminder that there was no such thing as a monolithic Christian orthodoxy before the fourth century.
Was he fully human, fully divine, a mix of the two, or both things at once? For a very fine survey of the wide variety of religions of the Second christianitis Third Centuries C. What if orthodox Christianity didn’t win out?
So what are the repercussions of the victory of proto-orthodox Christianity? I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the origins and early evolution of the Christian religion.
Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press
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Religion is a very tough and sensitive topic. In his book, Ehrman looks at how these early forms of Christianity came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten.
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So lot does this book make Christians so upset? I believe it is possible for an earthly Jesus to not accept evil of others and did not understand the concepts of blessings until he met his mentor s as Zachaeus heard the wisdom and understood he was different than others. Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of key texts, and as Ehrman shows, these spectacular discoveries reveal religious diversity that says much about the ways in which history gets written by the winners.
That said, the book makes it clear why the Pauline model succeeded and the others failed the book goes perfectly with Rodney Stark’s classic “How New Religions Succeed” and gives an eye-opening glimpse lodt how not only Christianity, but all social institutions develop.
What if cchristianities Ebionites-who believed Jesus was completely human and not divine-had ruled the day as the Orthodox Christian party?
The author Bart D. Is there one God, two gods, or many gods? Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
LOST CHRISTIANITIES: The Battles for Scriptures and the Faiths We Never Knew
He chfistianities tells how it ehdman, bringing to our typically simplistic religious dialogue a more complex assessment. Refresh and try again. It did this without ridiculing the religion so it was overall a very enjoyable read. As it turns out, there were many forms of early Christianity.
He forces the reader to consider the possibility that their understanding of Bible along with their particular brand of faith might be rooted in something other than the Truth.
Erhman brings up some seriously tough issues. Oxford University Press Amazon.
What is relevant is that these “varieties” existed and that their adherents claimed to be followers of Christ, and therefore, presumably, the orthodox have no reason to claim they are orthodox. Mar 08, Rossrn Nunamaker rated it really liked it Shelves: In Lost Christianities, Ehrman offers an accessible overview of these origins, and in my view, reading this work is only the beginning of an essential journey that every person who claims to know the Truth should take.
In his book he shows that different religions since the time of Christianity, but what is missing is fundament I admit I am an admirer to Bart D. Another excellent book by Bart Erhman.
Ehrman is the James A. Many of these letters are held sacred today in Orthodox versions of their bible. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. What if various early Christian writings, such as the Gospel of Thomas or the Secret Gospel of Mark, had been allowed into the canonical New Testament? This book often plays a “what if” game. While there may have been false teachers around this time trying to pollute the teachings of Jesus, they were few and relatively insignificant.
What if various early Christian writings, such as the Gospel of Thomas or the Secret Gospel of Mark, had been allowed into the canonical New Testament? What if the Ebionites—who believed Jesus was completely human and not divine—had ruled the day as the Orthodox Christian party? He just grew quicker than most and God sent him to learn. The Ancient Discovery of a Forgery: Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, argues and, in my opinion, demonstrates that early Christianity was anything but a monolithic religion and that the beliefs that eventually came to be called orthodox were more a matter of evolution than revelation.
Bart Ehrman has the rare gift of communicating scholarship in writing that is lively, enjoyable, and accessible. Sep 23, T. What if one of those texts had been written by L.