I first heard Bart Ehrman on Fresh Air with Terri Gross on NPR. (Listen here.) I was disappointed in his critiques, not because they were critiques, but because they were hollow reasons to put no confidence in the Scriptures.
Ehrman studied at Moody, Wheaton, and Princeton and is a premier text critic. He is writing for the main stream now – trying to get folks to question the validity of the Scriptures. Thankfully, Dan Wallace has critiqued Ehrman’s new book, Misquoting Jesus. More will need to be said from Christians as we respond to this eloquent, witty, and smart man who does not have a firm foundation for his critiques.
The review can be found here. May we read and re-read it so as to have a good answer why we can trust the Scriptures.
In sum, Ehrman’s latest book does not disappoint on the provocative scale. But it comes up short on genuine substance about his primary contention. Scholars bear a sacred duty not to alarm lay readers on issues that they have little understanding of. Unfortunately, the average layperson will leave this book with far greater doubts about the wording and teachings of the NT than any textual critic would ever entertain. A good teacher doesnâ€™t hold back on telling his students what’s what, but he also knows how to package the material so they don’t let emotion get in the way of reason. A good teacher does not create Chicken Littles.