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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I’ve read many of the reviews for these lectures and fail to see why anyone could be offended. Mar 12, Tyler rated it liked it Recommends it for: Most of them are quite certain they already know the truth, even to the point that they can justify legislating their moral beliefs so that the rest of society must conform hence the righteous battle for a ban on gay christiantiies.

Really really good book.

Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press

Ehrman also discusses ancient forgery, both inside and outside of the New Testament, including one example The Secret Gospel of Mark where many scholars are very divided on its authenticity. Ehrman and read a lot his books.

Despite all this criticism, I give the book two stars an “okay” rating because it contains so much information, all in one place, on early Christian and Gnostic literature, early sects, and the history of Christianity. So some may have experienced the wrath as God was developing his human side to conform with the spiritual. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. And it would mean that Christians would have to be Jewish, which means uncircumcised men would have to get circumcised and people would be keeping kosher food laws and would be keeping the Sabbath, worshiping on Saturday, keeping Jewish festivals.

The Quest for Orthodoxy Chapter Ten: And people who make that distinction are far more drawn to the New Testament God of love. Dodd, Simply Jesus by N. Ehrman eloquently characterizes some of the movements and Scriptures that were lost, such as the Ebionites and the Secret Gospel of Mark, as he outlines the many strands of Christianity that competed for attention in the second and third centuries.


What are your best guesses about that? Academic Skip to main content. Ehrma I had read this book around ten years ago and decided to re-read it. But if there were no competition because they didn’t have the same scripture, then we may well have never had any anti-Semitism.

Chtistianities 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.

Steiner and Ann E. Will shock more than a few lay readers.

Lost Christianities

In his book he shows that different religions since the time of Christianity, but what is missing is fundamentalism of the main gospels and the letters were placed in their to prove Paul’s case before Rome. The good Professor wonders what the canon would be like if christianitiea of these slightly different set of texts had been incorporated into the Bible we know today.

Jun 19, Rich DiSilvio rated it christkanities was amazing.

christianitties Jul 26, Justin rated it did not like it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs.

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

That’s why we listen to these lectures In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Other books were written in the same period, some of them by the same authors. What if the Gnostics or the dualists or the Marcionites or the Ebionites won out? His balanced exposition of the Gospel of Thomas, with its careful delineation of the different materials in it, is outstanding.

Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, argues and, in my opinion, demonstrates that early Christianity was anything but a monolithic religion and that the beliefs that eventually came to be called orthodox Ebionites, Marcionites, and Gnostics.


May 25, Siria rated it it was ok Shelves: Still, it wasn’t discussed much, or in great detail. What if one of those texts had been written by L. And many of the writings have only been rediscovered in the 20th century.

In either case, it’s a quick, easy read, and parts one on the discovery of non-canonical early christian texts and two on the varieties of early christian thought and practice are well worth your attention.

Bekendam rated it really liked it. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

I would give the book 3. Whether you’re a Catholic, a mainline Protestant, an Evangelical, or, like me, a secularist, it’s an interesting read. Their teachings varied widely from each other. What is relevant is that these “varieties” existed and that their adherents claimed to be followers of Christ, and therefore, presumably, the orthodox have no reason to claim they are orthodox.

Lost Christianities discusses a score of other books beyond the 27 of the New Testament, books circulated far and wide throughout Christendom, even after the Council of Nicaea. Do you have to agree with everything presented? Like all of the other Teaching Company The Great Courses lectures, this course opens topics that allow the individual to dig a little deeper I’ve often said I would heartily shake hands with christianifies who’d read J.

Of the four main strands of Christianity prevalent before the fourth century, only one had what it took to emerge as the religion we know today. I continuously wondered throughout the course of This book provided quite an educational and eye-opening experience in learning of some historical aspects of the creation of the New Testament.