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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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For any one interested in the history, authenticity of the New Testament books, this is a must reading. Jesus was not so different when it came to his human side. The Marcionites ignored the Old Testament in a culture where ancient authority was revered – nobody wanted another cult with no history. Of the four main strands of Christianity prevalent before the fourth century, only one had what it took to emerge as the religion we know today.

While Ehrman sometimes raises interesting questions e. The author successfully makes the reading interesting and, more importantly, very readable. It’s a well written book, unbiased and doesn’t come across as trying to undermine Christianity.

Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox Christians”–those who eventually compiled the canonical books of the New Testament and standardized Christian belief–and the groups they denounced as heretics and ultimately overcame. In his book he shows that different religions since the time of Christianity, but what ehrmqn missing is fundament I admit I am an admirer to Bart D.

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I’m not a theology student, but for whatever reason I find the period of time of Jesus’ death and the two centuries immediately following very intriguing. The followers of Christ were more diverse over the first few centuries of the Christian religion than they are even now. I think the reason Christianity ended up taking over the empire was because the Roman Emperor himself converted beliefnet. 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.

Ehrman Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten Provides an eye-opening account of politics, power, and the clash of ideas among early Christians Analyzes key texts recovered from modern archaeological work.

This is a fascinating book about the diverse early christian cults that existed in the decades immediately following the death of Jesus. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten.

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

Surely these “false teachers” also felt that the writers of the NT had it wrong. 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.

Jews throughout the ancient world, as a whole, really weren’t persecuted, but most people thought the Jews were a little bit strange as a people. Oxford University Press September 15, Language: Academic Skip to main content.


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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 vhristianities every person who claims to know the Truth should take. Most believers will confess they walk a better life when looking to what the leading of the Holy Spirit will teach.

Was he chrstianities man or God, or just a spirit of piety? Guilt by Association Geoffrey S. Ebionites, Marcionites, and Gnostics. What we have nowadays, he makes plain, is the result of a sort of last-man-standing war of attrition. The Gnostics were not into organization and hierarchy – a problem for growing and sustaining a religion.

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: View all 10 comments. I share Philip Mauro’s objection to undue deference given the intact New Testament Codex Vaticanus, which was doubtless “carefully treasured in the Vatican,” because “it contained errors and textual corruptions favorable to the doctrines and practices of Rome.

Excellent overview of the early Cristianitiesproto-orthodox and its many heretical cousins. As an introduction to the various forms of christianity, e.

Showing of reviews. He simply tells how it happened, bringing to our typically simplistic religious dialogue a more complex assessment.