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Lost Christianities : the battles for scripture and the faiths we never knew

Author: Bart D Ehrman
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs. Some groups Christians claimed that there was just not one God. Certain sects maintained that Jesus was human but not divine; and others that he was divine but not human. This book offers a study of these forms of Christianity, and how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bart D Ehrman
ISBN: 9780195182491 0195182499
OCLC Number: 61936111
Notes: Originally published: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Description: xv, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Major Christian Apocrypha discussed, dates and contents --
Introduction: Recouping our losses --
Part 1: Forgeries and discoveries. The ancient discovery of a forgery : Serapion and the Gospel of Peter ;The ancient forgery of a discovery : the Acts of Paul and Thecla ; The discovery of an ancient forgery : the Coptic Gospel of Thomas ; The forgery of an ancient discovery? : Morton Smith and the secret Gospel of Mark --
Part 2: Heresies and orthodoxies. At polar ends of the spectrum : early Christian Ebionites and Marcionites ; Christians "in the know" : the worlds of early Christian gnosticism ; On the road to Nicaea : the broad swath of proto-orthodox Christianity --
Part 3: Winners and losers. The quest for orthodoxy ; The arsenal of the conflicts : polemical treatises and personal slurs ; Additional weapons in the polemical arsenal : forgeries and falsifications ; The invention of scripture : the formation of the proto-orthodox New Testament ; Winners, losers, and the question of tolerance.
Responsibility: Bart D. Ehrman.

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"An illuminating book." * Noel Rooney, Fortean Times *

 
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