Orthodox Corruption of Scripture The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament

ISBN-10: 0199739781
ISBN-13: 9780199739783
Edition: 2011
Authors: Bart D. Ehrman
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188

The victors not only write the history, they also reproduce the texts. In a study that explores the close relationship between the social history of early Christianity and the textual tradition of the emerging New Testament, Ehrman examines how early struggles between Christian "heresy" and"orthodoxy" affected the transmission of the documents over which, in part, the debates were waged. His thesis is that proto-orthodox scribes of the second and third centuries occasionally altered their sacred texts for polemical reasons--for example, to oppose adoptionists like the Ebionites, whoclaimed that Christ was a man but not God, or docetists like Marcion, who claimed that he was God but not a man, or Gnostics like the Ptolemaeans, who claimed that he was two beings, one divine and one human. Ehrman's thorough and incisive analysis makes a significant contribution to ourunderstanding of the social and intellectual history of early Christianity and raises intriguing questions about the relationship of readers to their texts, especially in an age when scribes could transform the documents they reproduced to make them say what they were already thought to mean,effecting thereby the orthodox corruption of Scripture.

New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Wheaton College in 1978. He earned his Masters of Divinity and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught at Rutgers University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor. He has published more than 20 scholarly and popular books, including three New York Times bestsellers, plus numerous articles and book reviews.

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Text of Scripture in an Age of Dissent: Early Christian Struggles for Orthodoxy
Anti-Adoptionistic Corruptions of Scripture
Anti-Separationist Corruptions of Scripture
Anti-Docetic Corruptions of Scripture
Anti-Patripassianist Corruptions of Scripture
Conclusion: The Orthodox Corruptors of Scripture
Afterword: Recent "Work on Scribal Corruptions
Bibliography of Secondary Works Cited
Index of Scripture
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects and Ancient Sources

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