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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While Ehrman sometimes raises interesting questions e. No trivia or quizzes yet.

But, how, exactly, do the proto-orthodox, who at the time had no state power and were ehrjan subject to persecution, carry out their “machinations” except by intellectual persuasion and accepted authority which itself implies that orthodoxy was established earlier than Ehrman suggests. I would give the book 3. The last chapter which dwells hypothetically on what if one of the other forms of early C A comprehensive and very accessible introduction to biblical history and early Christian sects from one of the leading researcher’s on the subject.

Ehrma I had read this book around ten years ago and decided to re-read it. The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs. Here is a sentence from “Lost Christianities” that provides a clue to why the book is not really very sensational, as well as a clue to Ehrman’s perspective: Loyal Enemies Jamie Gilham.

The Christianity Battles

I felt that he gave ample attention to each in order to cover its relevance, at the same time he avoided providing all of the text in detail which appeared to not really be necessary. Arguments are not conducted with any sense of rational or historical validity, they are more or less wars in which discussants have an arsenal or weapons ehrjan use tactics rather than syllogisms.


I just felt I had to toss in a few words by way of caveat, and am now too fatigued to comment favorably on what WAS interesting. To ask other readers questions about Lost Christianitiesplease sign up. Luke his dear friend would right to his political friend in hopes that when PAUL stood before court he would be released. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Biased scholarship, misleading turns of phrase, superficial understanding of Christianity and heresy.

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

The Discovery on an Ancient Forgery: It depends on which of the other sides had won. While Ehrman sometimes raises interesting questions e. Heathens, and they were influenced by their own lusts and desires, and thought of no one but themselves. We would have a different New Testament to begin christianitirs.

Gnosticism or Marcionism, that existed in the first few hundred years of this odd spin-off of Judaism.

Like all of the other Teaching Company The Great Courses lectures, this course opens topics that allow the individual to dig a little deeper On the Road to Nicea: Do you think the Marcionite version of Christianity would have become a dominant world religion the way Christianity is now? Or would it have remained a small group of christiznities Aug 10, P.

I can’t recommend this to anyone lacking a thorough familiarity with the pitfalls in higher criticism, which can ultimately lead one to question everything and believe very little. Ehrman and read a lot his books. Dodd, Simply Jesus by N. Open Preview See a Problem? At least he was the first time.


Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press

Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity. 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. I just had one minor annoyance – it would have been helpful if he used footnotes instead of end notes.


So Christianity would have been more recognizably a sect of Judaism. Forgeries and Falsifications Chapter Twelve: 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.

My only hesitation in recommending this book is for those who have read some of Ehrman’s other works. The Forgery of an Ancient Discovery?

In Lost Christianities, Bart D.

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.