Monday, February 20, 2006

Misquoting Jesus

Craig Blomberg pens a helpful review of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus. One unique feature of this review is that Blomberg recounts how he and Ehrman have traveled similar academic paths, though they have arrived at different places.

Here's the main point of the review as it pertains to Ehrman's content:

Most of Misquoting Jesus is actually a very readable, accurate distillation of many of the most important facts about the nature and history of textual criticism, presented in a lively and interesting narrative that will keep scholarly and lay interest alike. . . . What most distinguishes the work are the spins Ehrman puts on some of the data at numerous junctures and his propensity for focusing on the most drastic of all the changes in the history of the text, leaving the uninitiated likely to think there are numerous additional examples of various phenomena he discusses when there are not.