Bible writers intended to deceive, Ehrman says screams the review headline in the News and Observer.
Scholars have long resisted using the term “forgery” to characterize Biblical writings made under false authorship, on the grounds that such concepts as forgery, plagiarism and intellectual property are modern legal constructs and don’t apply to the ancients. But UNC-Chapel Hill religion professor Bart Ehrman – a nemesis of conservative Evangelical Christianity who repudiated his faith in his 20s – makes the forgery accusation without reservation in a new book of that name.
Here’s the problem, and here’s where Ehrman turns from academic researcher to publicity seeking deceiver: he cannot POSSIBLY know what intention was operative in the minds of the writers of those texts which eventually became the New Testament. To pretend that he does only demonstrates that he is more interested in saying absurd headline grabbing things than that he interested in and engaged in actual academic pursuits.
In his quest for notoriety I fear Bart really has lost his grip on reality. Either he’s deceiving intentionally simply in order to make money; or he’s insane and actually believes that he knows what ancient writers thought about why they wrote what they wrote.
By the by, he’s not a nemesis to evangelical Christianity, he’s just a bore who repeats the same tired nonsense over and over again. If you’ve read anything he’s written in the last ten years you’ve read everything he’s written in the last ten years. His hatred of his own fundamentalist background reeks of self loathing. It’s oozing out his very pores.
(HT Tom Verenna on FB)