Excellent book on the origins of the writings that make up the Bible. Or more precisely the way the original scriptures were changed, sometimes by error and sometimes on purpose. Anyone interested in the origins of Christianity and how it changed from a "cult" with various factions to a world-wide religion must read this book. Ehrmann not only points out how certain sections of the gospels were changed or added on but he goes into detail on how historians do their detective work in trying to get as close to the source as they can, which is not an easy feat when even the closest writings we have about Jesus are 60-100 years after the fact. The author relate this information with the utmost respect. This book should be appreciated by anyone with a serious interest in the history of Christianity whether they are Christian or not.