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Terrible title for a good book

  • Nov 9, 2009
Who comes up with book titles? Whoever dreamed up this one (obviously a take-off of the movie "Girl, Interrupted") wasn't giving a thought to the contents of the book; he or she just wanted a splashy title to attract attention. Perhaps that person was right, but I don't think so.

Anyway, this is another in a long line of Biblical scholarship books written by this author. Once again he educates those of us who are not really conversant with the formation of parts of the Bible,in this instance the New Testament. As a lay reader I was aware that this Testament was not written until years after the death of Jesus, but I never really gave a thought to how oral stories can be changed by the tellers, even if accidentally. Reading this book I can see how many biblical scholars believe that we are not getting the gospels in their original form, and even that those gospels are not necessarily true depictions of what was said and done by Jesus and his followers.

There are obvious contradictions in the New Testament, as there are in the Old, but to me that does not really matter to my faith. I believe in Jesus as the Son of God and the one who died for our sins, and nothing anyone can say, or do, or prove can change my mind. I read these books because I find them intellectually stimulating, and they satisfy my thirst for knowledge. Knowing how (possibly) a testament is written, or even if it is true does not shake any part of my faith, but I do appreciate the scholarship that goes into the writing of a book such as this. Everyone should be open-minded about religion (any religion) and always ready to state his or her own convictions. Read the book: you will learn much about the New Testament you were probably unaware of, but that knowing should not change you own particular view of your religious philosophy; it didn't to mine.

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ISBN-10: 0061173932
ISBN-13: 978-0061173936
Author: Bart D. Ehrman
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: HarperOne
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