Source: Muslim Sunrise, the longest running Muslim publication of Americas
Book review written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
This is a book by Professor Bart Ehrman. It was published in 2009 and has gathered considerable popularity in the United States. Some parts of the book can be read online.1 Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar and textual critic of early Christianity. He is the James A. Gray, distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He writes about the early Christians, using the term “protoorthodox” to describe the Christian traditions that would later be defined as orthodox. He describes first and
second century Christians as not yet having a unified, orthodox tradition.2 3
He has been teaching New Testament for more than 27 years now. His criticism of the New Testament is at its best when examined in light of the Muslim paradigm as defined in a book Christianity: a journey from fact to fiction and a companion article about the early Christians in this volume of Muslim Sunrise.4 5 The Holy Qur’an states:
We (Allah) caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, fulfilling that which was revealed before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel which contained guidance and light, fulfilling that which was revealed before it in the Torah, and a guidance and an admonition for the God-fearing. (Al Qur’an 5:46/47)
The Qur’an is also quick to point out that the previous Scriptures have suffered interpolations and perversions at the hands of their scribes.6 “Woe, therefore, to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say, ‘This is from Allah,’”(Al Qur’an 2:79/80). Until the last century the Christian apologists used to insist that the Bible is the literal word of God. The modern scholarship of the Biblical scholars, however, has confirmed the Qur’anic claims, made centuries earlier.
Read further in PDF file: Muslim Sunrise 2010_summer volume