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The Bible is a canonical collection of texts. There are 13 quotations on it here. Statements with 'abr.', 'cf', 'hum' and 'with'' added to the authors name, are abridged in some way or other, or made more reserved. 'Cf.' means 'compare'. More on explanations are found in the User's Guide (Link at the bottom of the page).

And just to mention it: Fair textual criticism of the Bible, including good points of Bible criticism based on Bible study aligned with archeology, can be of more help to a serious student further on than appealing quotations. - TK.

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Each epoch has overlooked in the Gospels what it wished to overlook. [Ludwig von Mises, abr.]

In independent Bible studies the alarming problems to some may not be lack of intelligence. To the contrary.

Just because the Bible says something doesn't make it truth if . . . it is slanted, distorted, mis-applied, or merely the letter of the word. [J. Preston Eby]

Let mental culture go on advancing . . . beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity. [Goethe, abr hum,]

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. [Mark Twain]

The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation. [Elizabeth Cady Stanton]

The Bible is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. [With Samuel Butler ]

The Bible itself is intolerant. [Bob Jones III, president of Bob Jones University]

The Christian community continues to exist because the conclusions of the critical study of the Bible are largely withheld from them. [Hans Conzelmann]

The human qualities of the raw materials show through. Naivety, error, contradiction, even (as in the cursing Psalms) wickedness are not removed. The total result is not "the Word of God". [C. S. Lewis]

The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it. [Robert Ingersoll]

The Old Testament drips with blood. [With Henry L. Mencken]

We [were] allowed to read the Bible and account for all its absurd, grotesque and cruel things at variance with every known recorded fact, so palpably absurd. [Robert Ingersoll, abr.]

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. [Bishop Desmond Tutu]

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Bible Quotations on the Bible, Literature  

Below are some works by the Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman singled out. He shares recent, updated Bible knowledge far and wide. One result could well be a more correct theology at last. Who knows?

Ehrman, Bart D. Forged: Writing in the Name of God: Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.

Ehrman, Bart D. How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. New York: HarperOne, 2014.

Ehrman, Bart D. Jesus, Interrrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them). New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

Ehrman, Bart D. Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make it into the New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Ehrman, Bart D. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Ehrman, Bart D. Studies in the Textual Criticism of the New Testament. Leiden: Brill, 2006.

Ehrman, Bart D., ed, tr. The Apostolic Fathers. Vol. 1 and 2. London: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Ehrman, Bart D. The Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Metzger, Bruce M., and Bart D. Ehrman. The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restauration. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

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