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To: SeekAndFind

“I’m not saying that Dr. Bart D. Ehrman, a respected scholar and professor of religion at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, can’t be fair and balanced”

Well, I’ll say it then. He can’t be fair and balanced. He’s obviously rejected the New Testament as the Word of God and whatever he writes should be lining a bird cage, at the very most.

Typical baloney fed from many seminary professors these days.


3 posted on 12/27/2012 3:58:01 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle; Salvavida; SeekAndFind
Thanks for this valuable and timely article.

< One of my RCIA students (I teach a class for adults entering the Catholic Church) gave me a book for Christmas called "Dethroning Jesus," which delighted me with several good clear chapters untangling and debunking Bart Ehrman's Biblical skepticism.

The authors, Darrell Bock and Daniel Wallace, say that Ehrman does have actual scholarship to his credit, but he exaggerates, distorts, and rhetorically twists things to do maximum damage. In short, Ehrman has scholarly cred, but his is far from a scholarly perspective.

Just as an example (one out of many) Ehrman makes huge dramatic claims about Biblical "inaccuracies" (actually, textual variants.) He says there are literally tens of thousands of them (and it's true.) What he doesn't tell you, is that the vast majority of them make no difference whatsoever. No difference in meaning. No difference in emphasis. Zip.

This is because (among other things) some texts were written when there was no standard spelling. It's like reading Canturbury Tales and getting bent out of shape because Chaucer spells the color green, and greene," and "grene." Also many textual variants just transpose words with no change in meaning ("sheep and oxen" vs "oxen and sheep.")

Same deal with historic details: Erhman kicks up huge dust storms about tiny distinctions which actually make no difference; or markets suppositions as if they were facts.

Bock and Wallace's "Dethroning Jesus": antidote to Ehrman. I recommend it.

22 posted on 12/27/2012 5:05:47 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
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To: F15Eagle; Salvavida; SeekAndFind
Thanks for this valuable and timely article.

One of my RCIA students (I teach a class for adults entering the Catholic Church) gave me a book for Christmas called "Dethroning Jesus," which delighted me with several good clear chapters untangling and debunking Bart Ehrman's Biblical skepticism.

The authors, Darrell Bock and Daniel Wallace, say that Ehrman does have actual research to offer, but he exaggerates, distorts, and rhetorically twists things to do maximum damage. In short, Ehrman has scholarly cred, but his is far from a scholarly perspective.

Just as an example (one out of many) Ehrman makes huge dramatic claims about Biblical "inaccuracies" (actually, textual variants.) He says there are literally tens of thousands of them (and it's true.) What he doesn't tell you, is that the vast majority of them make no difference whatsoever. No difference in interpretation. No difference in emphasis. Zip.

This is because (among other things) some texts were written when there was no standard spelling. By way of analogy, it's like reading Canturbury Tales and getting hysterically bent out of shape because Chaucer spells the color green, and greene. Also hundreds of textual variants just vary word order with no change in meaning ("sheep and oxen" vs "oxen and sheep.")

Same deal with historic details: Erhman kicks up huge dust storms about tiny distinctions which actually make no difference; or repeatedly thrusts suppositions upon unwary readers as if they were facts.

Bock and Wallace's "Dethroning Jesus": antidote to Ehrman. I recommend it.

27 posted on 12/27/2012 5:43:10 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
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To: F15Eagle
Typical baloney fed from many seminary professors these days.

This is exactly why pastors coming out today do not know what they are doing. They do not teach prophesy because they are not taught it in school. They refuse to also teach it because they are afraid to scare people. Don't touch Daniel or Revelation, we might scare the old folks. People who do not know Jesus Christ better be scared. For their souls!!!

43 posted on 12/28/2012 6:49:35 AM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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