Half of New Testament forged, Bible scholar says

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) – A frail man sits in chains inside a dank, cold prison cell. He has escaped death before but now realizes that his execution is drawing near.

“I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come,” the man –the Apostle Paul – says in the Bible’s 2 Timothy. “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

The passage is one of the most dramatic scenes in the New Testament. Paul, the most prolific New Testament author, is saying goodbye from a Roman prison cell before being beheaded. His goodbye veers from loneliness to defiance and, finally, to joy.

There’s one just one problem – Paul didn’t write those words. In fact, virtually half the New Testament was written by impostors taking on the names of apostles like Paul. At least according to Bart D. Ehrman, a renowned biblical scholar, who makes the charges in his new book “Forged.”

“There were a lot of people in the ancient world who thought that lying could serve a greater good,” says Ehrman, an expert on ancient biblical manuscripts.In “Forged,” Ehrman claims that:

* At least 11 of the 27 New Testament books are forgeries.

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The picture in the post is of Prof. Bart Ehrman.

2 replies

  1. … and that is why the world needed the Holy Quran! (every one agrees that the text of the Holy Quran is now the same as at the time of the Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

  2. We now have a very detailed understanding of this subject, the Holy Quran presented a true picture of the Bible, 1400 years ago by revelation and now the modern scholarship of the university based scholars has confirmed the Quranic understanding about hte Bible, especially the Old Testament. Let me link a few Google knols on this issue here:

    http://knol.google.com/k/the-new-testament-how-was-it-compiled#
    http://knol.google.com/k/apostles-did-not-have-the-new-testament-what-did-they-believe-in#
    http://knol.google.com/k/athanasius-of-alexandria-the-compiler-of-the-new-testament#
    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/horizontal-versus-vertical-reading-of/1qhnnhcumbuyp/206#
    http://knol.google.com/k/where-is-the-injil-the-q-document-or-q#
    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/limitations-of-oral-traditions/1qhnnhcumbuyp/321?collectionId=1qhnnhcumbuyp.217#

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