London: One US scholar has claimed that the Bible may have been forged as several New Testament books were actually written by people who lied about their identity, pretending to be the apostles Peter, Paul or James.
   
Bart D Ehrman, the best-selling author of 'Misquoting Jesus' and 'Jesus, Interrupted', has said that many religious scholars were well aware of the "lies" of the Bible.

He wrote in a website, “While some were happy to acknowledge them, others refer to them as "pseudopigrapha" meaning a falsely attributed work.”
   
Even in his new book, 'Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are', Prof Ehrman claims 'The Second Epistle of Peter' was forged.

"Scholars everywhere, except for our friends among the fundamentalists, will tell you that there is no way on God's green earth that Peter wrote the book. Someone else wrote it claiming to be Peter," he wrote.

He has also claimed that scholars, who say it was acceptable in the ancient world for someone to write a book in the name of someone else, are wrong.

Prof Ehrman wrote, "If you look at what ancient people actually said about the practice, you'll see that they invariably called it lying and condemned it as a deceitful practice, even in Christian circles.”
 
(Agencies)