Category: ‘The New Testament’ (2016)

Bart Ehrman: Does “Best-Attested” Mean “Completely Trustworthy”?

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (OUP, 2016), 29. You will sometimes hear someone say that “the New Testament is the best-attested book from the ancient world, so we can trust it.” The first part of this… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Does “Best-Attested” Mean “Completely Trustworthy”?”

Bart Ehrman: Early Christian Scribes

Bart D. Ehrhman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 25.  In the earliest centuries, the vast majority of copyists of the New Testament books were not trained scribes. We know this because we can examine their… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Early Christian Scribes”

Bart Ehrman: Canonical Questions

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (Oxford University Press, 2016), 14. It appears then that our New Testament emerged out of the conflicts among Christian groups, and that the dominance of the proto-orthodox position was… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Canonical Questions”

Bart Ehrman: Variety of Early Christian Sects

Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (Oxford University Press, 2016), 5. If we turn the clock back 1,850 years to the middle of the second century, we find people calling themselves Christian who subscribe to beliefs… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Variety of Early Christian Sects”

Bart Ehrman: Why Study the New Testament?

Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (Oxford University Press, 2016), 1. Arguably the most important reason for studying the New Testament – especially from a historical point of view – is because of its importance for the history… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Why Study the New Testament?”