History of Biblical Scholarship

How Many Books in the New Testament Were Forged? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

In response to the lecture on ancient practices of pseudepigraphy (writing in the name of a famous person when, alas, you are actually someone else), I received this important question, getting to the very basics – the heart and soul of the issue for students of early Christianity.   QUESTION: Dr Ehrman I know you have published and spoken on the topic, but would you mind sharing which NT books are pseudepigraphal?   RESPONSE Yes indeed, one of the reasons…

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Guest Post by Stephen Carlson – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

I occasionally get questions about one of the most interesting but least known Christian authors of the early 2nd century, a man named Papias (writing in 120 CE? 140 CE).  Many readers consider him particularly important because he claims to have known and interviewed the companions of disciples of Jesus’ own apostles (it’s a bit confusing: but Jesus had his apostles; after his death they themselves had disciples; Papias knew people who knew these disciples of the apostles); moreover, Papias…

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