Bart Erhman's New Book

I posted recently on the importance of properly identifying biblical authors as an important key for exegesis. The broader issue concerns the practice of pseudonymity, that is, writing under an assumed name, and whether this practice found its way into the New Testament. Bart Ehrman has published a new book which addresses this question. Entitled "Forged: Writing in the name of God—Why the Bible's authors are not who we think they are," the essential argument is that many of the books in the New Testament are in fact pseudonymous, forgeries written in the name of an apostle, and that the early church was often duped with these writings. This issue has been discussed for centuries, both generally as it relates to the New Testament and specifically as it relates to specific books within the New Testament, so in one sense there is nothing that new here. What is different in my opinion is the traction that Ehrman is able to get as a very well-known author and the sensationalism that he can attach to the topic. Even though I said this before in my prior post, the issue of authorship is important and must be regularly discussed and accurately researched in order to respond well to claims like Ehrman's.

Daniel Wallace has written a short review in three parts that is very helpful: part 1, part 2, part 3.

Thanks to Denny Burk for his original post on this issue.