Bart Ehrman explains how the Bible is forged and why it came to be the book that it is. People claiming to be who they were not, hence the book "according to" (anonymous, unknown)
I can't help but find the irony of "Bearing False Witness" being the basis for much of the book amusing, especially as.the book is used for swearing an oath upon in a court of law, and the probable intended reason for such a commandment.
What different kinds of books are in the New Testament? When, how, and why were they written? What do they teach? Who actually wrote them? How were they passed forward through history? And, perhaps most important of all, why and how did some books, and not others, come to be collected into what Christians came to consider the canon of Scripture that would define their belief for all time?
In The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, Professor Ehrman offers a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to these and other key issues in the development of Christianity.
Lecture 1 Early Christians and their Literature
Lecture 2 The Greco-Roman Context
Lecture 3 Ancient Judaism
Lecture 4 The Earliest Traditions About Jesus
Lecture 5 Mark: Jesus as the Suffering Son of God
Lecture 6 Matthew: Jesus the Jewish Messiah
Lecture 7 Luke: Jesus the Saviour of the World
Lecture 8 John: Jesus the Man from Heaven.
Lecture 9 Noncanonical Gospels
Lecture 10 The Historical Jesus - Sources and Problems
Lecture 11 The Historical Jesus - Methods and Solutions
Lecture 12 Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet
Lecture 13 The Acts of the Apostles
Lecture 14 Paul: The Man the Mission and the Operandi
Lecture 15 Paul and the crisis of his churches - First Corinthians
Lecture 16 Paul Ethics
Lecture 17 Paul's Letters to the Romans
Lecture 18 Paul, Jesus and James.
Lecture 19 The Deutro-Pauline Epistles.
Lecture 20 The Pastoral Epistles.
Lecture 21 The Book of Hebrews and the beginning of Christian Anti-Semitism.
Lecture 22 First Peter and the Early Persecution of the Christians
Lecture 23 The Book of Revelation
Lecture 24 Do We Have the Original New Testament
Taught by Bart D. Ehrman
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Div., Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary