Lost Christianities. The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. Bart D. Ehrman. Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be. The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs, according to Bart Ehrman, author of Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We . 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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Jan 07, Elizabeth R. Return to Book Page. I think the reason Christianity ended up taking over the empire was because the Roman Emperor himself converted beliefnet.

What would Christianity have looked like if the Ebionites had won? Religious labels need some definition to be useful at all. I just felt I had to toss in a few words by way of caveat, and am now too fatigued to comment favorably on what WAS interesting.

Is the theology of a gospel written over years after Christ’s death to be trusted more than the theology of a gospel written within less than thirty years of his death?

Lost Christianities

Orthodox Christianity was the earliest and truest form of Christianity, and the creation of this religion is precisely what Jesus set out to do, which is why orthodox beliefs survived while the rest faded from memory.

Lists with This Book. Soon thereafter the Church saw a flood of books also allegedly written by the earliest followers of Jesus, forgeries in the names of the apostles, produced for decades, centuries even, after the apostles themselves were long dead and buried. Furthermore, the New Testament as we know it today did not exist in early Christian times.

LOST CHRISTIANITIES: The Battles for Scriptures and the Faiths We Never Knew

And yet, as Ehrman explains, there continued to be debates and disputes even in his own church. So what are the repercussions of the victory of proto-orthodox Ehrkan Ehrman is a solid scholar who seems to have decided that he needs that cash money baby, so he writes more or less respectable books in such a way that they sound like a Hollywood movie.


It explained what each Church Father believed was the “right” way to view Jesus’ divinity and what each one of them considered heretical. Ehrman’s not a particularly good writer on a technical level I don’t think it’s necessary to be that repetitive even in a work of popular history on a sensitive t This is an okay introduction to the history of the construction of the Christian canon, and a discussion of some bagt the theological ideas held by various ancient Christian sects which didn’t survive antiquity.

Is it likely that a christinaities teaching that the God of the Old Testament is evil has grasped a true representation of the 1st century Jew Jesus? It seems likely that the proto-orthodox interpreted Christ’s teachings more accurately than chrlstianities the Manicheans or the Gnostics.

Paul’s disagreements with Peter Galatians and with the so-called “super apostles” 2 Corinthians chistianities also good examples. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I must say that this book was a great follow-up to ” Misquoting Jesus: The followers of Christ were more diverse over the first few centuries of the Christian religion than they are even now.

These and many other questions had differing answers depending on who you asked and at what point in time you asked them. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Winners, Losers, and the Question of Tolerance. And then you have to wonder, if that’s the case, whether Western Christianity would have come to dominate the world as it has. Since then he has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited 21 books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews.

Virtually all of this other literature has been destroyed, forgotten, lost. This may offend people who didn’t realize that the church did not spring fully formed when Christ ascended. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Books That Did Not Make It into the New Testamentwhich contains new translations of many of the non-canonical writings analyzed in this book.


This is because some of the information contained here is repeated from earlie This is a fascinating book about the diverse early christian cults that existed in the decades immediately following the death of Jesus. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on textual differences- those that happened by accident and those that were inspired by a need to bring the text into line with non-heretical philosophy, and the detective work done by scholars to distinguish which is which.

Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press

This really outlines at a high-level how ‘consensus’ was ultimately won and consolidated into what we know today as the New Testament.

The proto-orthodox Christians won crhistianities over many other groups, and bequeathed to christiabities the four Gospels, a church hierarchy, a set of practices and beliefs, and doctrines such as the Trinity.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I don’t doubt that force was involved in the winners becoming winners, but it certainly wasn’t the only thing involved, which this book may suggest. Also of interest are the actual noncanonical texts, many of which can be found collected in “Lost Books of the Bible. In either case, it’s christianitiees 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.

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?

If you are interested in early church history, then this a book for you. He specifically covers 44 texts and their role during early Christianity.