Misquoting Jesus : the story behind who changed the Bible and why

  • 1st ed.
  • New York : HarperSanFrancisco c2005
Physical description
viii, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 0060738170
  • 9780060738174
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-227) and index.
  • Introduction -- The beginnings of Christian scripture -- The copyists of the early Christian writings -- Texts of the New Testament : editions, manuscripts, and differences -- The quest for origins : methods and discoveries -- Originals that matter -- Theologically motivated alterations of the text -- The social worlds of the text -- Conclusion : changing scripture : scribes, authors, and readers.
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
  • text
  • English


  • When Biblical scholar Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages, he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. For almost 1500 years these manuscripts were hand copied by scribes who were influenced by the cultural, theological and political disputes of their day. Both mistakes and intentional changes abound in the surviving manuscripts, making the original words difficult to reconstruct. Ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made and how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible. He makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and beliefs stem from both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes--alterations that dramatically affected subsequent versions.--From publisher description.

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Bangor University Library: Main Library BS2325 .E45 2005
British Library: Document Supply Services m08/.16527
University of Manchester Library: Main Library: Blue Area Floor 2 225.14
University of St Andrews Library: Main Library BS2325.E5M5