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Book review: Forged, by Bart D. Ehrman

Ehrman has written several books intended to demonstrate that the Bible should be understood as a work of literature that has no valid claim to be divinely inspired. This one tackles a different aspect of the same theme, namely the existence of forgeries within the text.

The fact that some of the texts in the New Testament, including the four gospels themselves, were not written by the authors to whom they are attributed has long been known to scholars though not to many churchgoers. But some of these scholars have claimed that forgery is too strong a term to apply in these cases, saying that such practices were not disapproved of in the ancient world as much as they are today. But Ehrman does not accept this and provides quotations to show that forgery was in fact strongly disapproved of in antiquity. [More]


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