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What is An Orthodox Corruption of Scripture?

READER’S QUESTION:

Dr. Ehrman, I do not know if others would find this interesting, but I would love to know how you developed the idea for _The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture_. How did you go about researching it? How long did it take? Is it a once in a lifetime work?

 

MY RESPONSE:

Ah, this is a great question and it will take a number of posts to lay it all out, as it is a very complicated affair.   But it could make for an interesting thread.  We’ll see!

To begin with, I need to say something about what the book was about.   I will have a lot more to say about that in subsequent posts.  At this point I’ll simply try to give the whole thing in a nutshell.

First let me clarify the key terms of the title, which in full was :  The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture:  The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament.   By “Scripture” I was referring only to the specifically Christian Scriptures, that is, the New Testament.  I do not deal with the Old Testament in the book.   My interest was, and still is, the textual situation of the New Testament, even though the textual situation of the Old Testament is also hugely important (and inordinately complicated).  But I don’t get into that in this book.

By “Corruption” I meant something specific and, obviously, something (else) provocative.

Here’s the deal….

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  1. RonaldTaska  June 30, 2015

    Very interesting. Why would God impart His/Her most important message in a book and then not arrange for that original message to be preserved, without changes, maybe in non-perishable stones of some sort? Anyway, that the Orthodox, as well as the heretics, corrupted scripture is quite interesting.

  2. Tom  June 30, 2015

    I believe this was the first book of yours that a read a number of years ago.

    I’m looking forward to the rest of your comments.

  3. Jim  June 30, 2015

    “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. So whoever wrote this meant “pas” with a capital P. Surely that’s gotta include any future orthodox corruptions too. 🙂

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