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. In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox.

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

Mar chrisgianities, Ken Robert rated it really liked it. If Gnostics had become dominant, Christianity would have been quite different from what it is now. Please try again later.

In my opinion and observation, clearly no prophetic leader nor priesthood authority. Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of key texts, and as Ehrman shows, these spectacular discoveries reveal religious diversity that says much about the ways in which history gets written by the winners.

I would give the book 3. 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. At least he was the first time. His balanced exposition of the Gospel of Thomas, with its careful delineation of the different materials in it, is outstanding.

I also know just enough to know that his discussion of Christianity’s gradual assumption of dominance within the Roman Empire is either outdated or so simplistic as to be inaccurate. Another excellent cyristianities by Bart Erhman.

The truth is far more interesting. And then you have to wonder, if that’s the case, whether Western Christianity would have come to dominate the world as it has.

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There are other sources that reveal the hidden books that were among the Christian and their writings that in my opinion most of what is written by Christians to some degree are inspired by the Holy Spirit. Religious labels need some definition to be useful at all.


I think most people who are interested could pick this up and not have too much trouble following what is going on. There’s similar support for the authenticity of the Book of Revelation, and many other instances where latter-day revelation offers direct support for verses they would discard as spurious, thinking them unsupported in the “earliest” manuscript variations.

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Jan 07, Elizabeth R. View all 20 comments. Which of the many books in circulation gospels, epistles, apocalypses were inspired, apostolic, and worthy of preserving?

The New Testament is a collection of writings that support a particular set of views of Christianity. Sep 06, Neil Hanson rated it really liked it. What drove anti-Semitism was the competition between the Jewish ehran of scripture and the Christian understanding of scripture.

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

Books That Did Not Make It into the New Testamentwhich contains new translations of many of the non-canonical writings analyzed in this book. What if various early Christian writings, such as the Gospel of Thomas or the Secret Gospel of Mark, had been allowed into the canonical New Testament? Erhman brings up some seriously tough issues. 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.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Christians today are generally clueless regards their roots, but through no fault of Ehrman’s. Read reviews that mention new testament lost christianities early christianity bart ehrman early christian old testament gospel of thomas morton smith lost scriptures secret gospel nag hammadi gospel of mark fourth century ebionites and marcionites letter of clement never knew christian faith early church hammadi library misquoting jesus.

As Jesus said, “Seek and ye shall find. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Bromley Snippet view – Jesus was not so different when it came to his human side. Other editions – View all Lost Christianities: See and discover other items: Whether their view of this history is learned or assumed, it usually goes something like this in a nutshell: Additional Weapons in the Proto-Orthodox Arsenal: The Ancient Forgery of a Discovery: However, in spite of this repetion, there is enough new information here to make “Lost Christianities” worth reading.


Gnosticism or Marcionism, that existed in the first few hundred years of this odd spin-off of Judaism. This is difficult business because once one group came to dominate the others, most of the writings of the other groups were destroyed. After all, we have many different varieties of Christian practices today In Lost ChristianitiesBart D. If you’re interested in this subject, this is a great read. While the what-ifs get a little too speculative, the documentation provided and the history covered in Lost Christianities provide an informed foundation for understanding the evolution of the religion we know today.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Scrupulously researched and lucidly written, Lost Christianities is an eye-opening account of politics, power, and the clash of ideas among Christians in the decades before one group came to see its views prevail. This book explores these two groups plus the Gnostics and If you are interested in early church history, then this a book for you.

Some believed Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human. The books that eventually came to be collected into the sacred canon were written chgistianities a variety of authors over a period of sixty or seventy years, in different places for different chrishianities.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. 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.

Biased scholarship, misleading turns of phrase, superficial understanding of Christianity and heresy. Really really good book.

Jews throughout the ancient world, as a whole, really weren’t persecuted, but most people thought the Jews were a little bit strange as a people.