Misquoting jesus the story behind who changed the bible and why bart d ehrman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers for almost 1 500 years the new testament manuscripts were copied by hand and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. The bible its use in the singular can gloss over the fact that we do not have access to the original text but only to manuscripts of a relatively late provenance produced at different times and places and containing among them thousands of variant wordings. Misquoting jesus is a fascinating look at the little known details of how the various stories of jesus became part of the modern christian scripture its a book on what biblical scholars refer to as textual criticism but written for the layman. In misquoting jesus ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the new testament and shows the great impact they had upon the bible we use today he frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultraconservative views of the bible
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