For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were
copied by hand--and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the
competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart
Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held
beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the
divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of both
intentional and accidental alterations by scribes.
In this compelling and fascinating book, Ehrman shows where and
why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts,
explaining for the first time how the many variations of our
cherished biblical stories came to be, and why only certain
versions of the stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we
read today. Ehrman frames his account with personal reflections on
how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once
ultra-conservative views of the Bible.