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Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time Author : Marcus J. Borg
Release : 2009-03-17
Publisher : Harper Collins
ISBN : 0061747629
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Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. Now, in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining. "Believing in Jesus does not mean believing doctrines about him," Borg writes. "Rather, it means to give one's heart, one's self at its deepest level, to . . . the living Lord." Drawing on his own journey from a naive, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creeds or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community. In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus' character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith. For questioning believers, doubters, and reluctant unbelievers alike, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time frees our understanding of Jesus' life and message from popular misconceptions and outlines the way to a sound and contemporary faith: "For ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present. Meeting that Jesus—the living one who comes to us even now—will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time."

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time Author : Tim Scorer
Release : 2007-01-01
Publisher : Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
ISBN : 1551455560
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2 books, DVD, 10 participant booklets & 10 posters. At last, an important and relevant faith development curriculum for grown-ups! Inspired by Marcus Borg, Experience! offers adults an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible in the formation of their mature faith. Accept the invitation to come into the kind of experiential learning community that Jesus gathered around him.

Meet God Again for the First Time

Meet God Again for the First Time Author : Jon Paulien
Release : 2003-04
Publisher : Review and Herald Pub Assoc
ISBN : 9780828017688
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The author looks at God's patterns in the Bible and His great saving deeds, and finds that the Bible is about telling and retelling the story of the God of promise and covenant who keeps working toward His ultimate goal--the restoration of Eden. He concludes that Jesus fulfills the longings of the Jewish Scriptures and explains how the law brings freedom and how our assurance of salvation flows from God's justice.

Reading the Bible Again For the First Time

Reading the Bible Again For the First Time Author : Marcus J. Borg
Release : 2009-10-13
Publisher : Harper Collins
ISBN : 0061763446
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One of the vital challenges facing thoughtful people today is how to read the Bible faithfully without abandoning our sense of truth and history. Reading the Bible Again for the First Time provides a much-needed solution to the problem of how to have a fully authentic yet contemporary understanding of the scriptures. Many mistakenly believe there are no choices other than fundamentalism or simply rejecting the Bible as something that can bring meaning to our lives. Answering this modern dilemma, acclaimed author Marcus Borg reveals how it is possible to reconcile the Bible with both a scientific and critical way of thinking and our deepest spiritual needs, leading to a contemporary yet grounded experience of the sacred texts. This seminal book shows you how to read the Bible as it should be examined—in an approach the author calls "historical-metaphorical." Borg explores what the Scriptures meant to the ancient communities that produced and lived by them. He then helps us to discover the meaning of these stories, providing the knowledge and perspective to make the wisdom of the Bible an essential part of our modern lives. The author argues that the conventional way of seeing the Bible's origin, authority, and interpretation has become unpersuasive to millions of people in our time, and that we need a fresh way of encountering the Bible that takes the texts seriously but not literally, even as it takes seriously who we have become. Borg traces his personal spiritual journey, describing for readers how he moved from an unquestioning childhood belief in the biblical stories to a more powerful and dynamic relationship with the Bible as a sacred text brimming with meaning and guidance. Using his own experience as an example, he reveals how the modern crisis of faith is itself rooted in the misinterpretation of sacred texts as historical record and divine dictation, and opens readers to a truer, more abundant perspective. This unique book invites everyone—whatever one's religious background—to engage the Bible, wrestle with its meaning, explore its mysteries, and understand its relevance. Borg shows us how to encounter the Bible in a fresh way that rejects the limits of simple literalism and opens up rich possibilities for our lives.

Rhetoric, Scripture and Theology

Rhetoric, Scripture and Theology Author : Stanley E. Porter
Release : 1996-09-01
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN : 0567645886
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Rhetoric, Scripture and Theology aptly describe the contents of this collection of essays from the 1994 Pretoria Rhetoric Conference. The conference marked a significant dialogue among scholars gathered from many nations to consider how rhetoric engages with the study of scripture and theology. South Africa provided a suitable context for such discussion. Although the contributors are not only from South Africa, the addressing of issues pertinent to a South African context shows through in many of the essays. Those that do not address particularly South African issues raise equally important issues regarding the topic of rhetoric and its relation to contemporary theological discourse.

Confident Witness, Changing World

Confident Witness, Changing World Author : Craig Van Gelder
Release : 1999
Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN : 9780802846556
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In Confident Witness -- Changing World, twenty-two scholars and skilled ministry practitioners explore this complex question not only theoretically but also in practical terms immediately useful to pastors and church leaders.

Meeting Jesus in Mark

Meeting Jesus in Mark Author : Marcus Borg
Release : 2011-02-18
Publisher : SPCK
ISBN : 0281066027
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Marcus Borg is an internationally respected expert on the Gospels. Here he offers the fruit of a lifetime's research and reflection on the Gospel of Mark. This book is ideal both for new Christians and for those who would like a fresh perspective on Mark's portrait of Jesus. It includes thoughtful questions for group study or private reflection.

Days of Awe and Wonder

Days of Awe and Wonder Author : Marcus J. Borg
Release : 2017-03-14
Publisher : HarperCollins
ISBN : 0062457357
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Showcasing some of his most enduring and insightful writings, including many previously unpublished works, a concise and illuminating introduction to Marcus J. Borg, the late spokesman for progressive Christianity and one of the most revered and influential theologians of our time. In his acclaimed books, including classics such as Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, Speaking Christian, and Convictions, Marcus J. Borg helped shape an enlightened modernist view of Christianity. A leading scholar of the historical Jesus acclaimed for his ability to speak about Christianity in the context of contemporary society, Borg offered profound wisdom and inspiration—a new way of seeing and living the Christian life—for believers, students, and lay readers. Ultimately, he taught us that by developing a deeper understanding of Jesus and the New Testament, we can discover a more authentic way of being. Yet Borg himself was always conscious of a greater truth beyond what he could explain: the wonder of God. Now, two years after the liberal theologian’s death, comes The Days of Awe and Wonder, a selection of his writing, including many never before published works, that explores the Christian faith and what it means to be a Christian in the twenty-first century. Provocative and uplifting, this anthology illuminates Borg’s explorations of the miraculous and wonderful, his understanding of conviction and fulfillment, and his contention that we must keep an open mind and question assumptions and certainties in all our religious journeys.

Preaching from Memory to Hope

Preaching from Memory to Hope Author : Thomas G. Long
Release : 2009-03-19
Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN : 9781611640090
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In this compelling and hard-hitting book, respected preacher and teacher Thomas Long identifies and responds to what he sees as the most substantive theological forces and challenges facing preaching today. The issues, he says, are fourfold: the decline in the quality of narrative preaching and the need for its reinvigoration; the tendency of preachers to ignore God's action and presence in our midst; the return of the church's old nemesis, gnosticism--albeit in a milder form--evidenced in today's new "spirituality"; and the absence of eschatology in the pulpit. Long once again has his finger on the pulse of American preaching, demonstrated by his creative responses to these challenges. Whether he is calling for theologically smarter and more ethically discerning preaching, providing a method of interpretation that will allow pastors to recover the emphasis on God in our midst, or encouraging a kind of "interfaith dialogue" with gnosticism, he demonstrates why he has long been considered one of the most thoughtful and intelligent preachers in America today.

The Lost Gospel Q

The Lost Gospel Q Author : Marcus Borg
Release : 1999-03-15
Publisher : Ulysses Press
ISBN : 1569751897
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Presents the original teachings of Jesus written by his contemporaries and early followers

Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship

Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship Author : Marcus Borg
Release : 1994-08-01
Publisher : A&C Black
ISBN : 9781563380945
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An accessible guide through the growing maze of literature and research on Jesus. Examines issues in contemporary Jesus research and looks at the potential of current research for helping rethink Jesus' identity and the implications for the reader and the church.

Big Jesus

Big Jesus Author : Jimmy R. Watson
Release : 2015-01-12
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN : 1498200494
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This may be the most honest book ever written about Jesus. As a veteran pastor in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Watson shares his thoughts on the timeless topic of Christology--the doctrine of Christ--with new and creative insights, informative and accessible theology, personal anecdotes, and lively wit. Nothing is off-limits in this no-holds-barred contribution to the Jesus genre. Big Jesus is not another theological "spin" on the identity and nature of Jesus of Nazareth, nor is it a sentimental fairytale for those who prefer their Christology to be served up on Sunday mornings with fluffy sheep, little children, and footprints in the sand. This book is for Christian adults with a sense of humor.

Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark

Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark Author : Marcus J. Borg
Release : 2009-07-01
Publisher : Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN : 0819227072
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Most Christians are familiar with the story told in Mark’s gospel — from the fishermen leaving their nets, to the miracle of the loaves and fishes, to the political rumblings and the crucifixion. But no one knows who “Mark” really was or why this gospel was written or why it’s charged with such a sense of immediacy. For noted Jesus scholar Marcus Borg, reading Mark is like “meeting Jesus again for the first time.” Individual readers and parish study groups will learn about this earliest gospel from the perspective of an important Anglican theologian. Conversations with Scripture is the umbrella title of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars Study Series. Written in accessible language and sensitive to those who have little or no experience in reading the Bible, each book in the series focuses on exploring the historical and critical background, plus modern application of the texts. Other books in the series focus on the Gospel of John, Revelation, the Law, the Parables, and 2 Isaiah. From the Introduction: “In thousands of congregations...this emerging way has been a means of revitalizing and deepening Christian understanding and commitment. It is a way that integrates faith and reason, head and heart, intellect, experience, and yearning. For me, it has made all the difference. This book is a small contribution to this process of adult theological re-education.”

Jesus

Jesus Author : Marcus J. Borg
Release : 2008-02-05
Publisher : HarperOne
ISBN : 9780061434341
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From top Jesus expert Marcus Borg, a completely updated and revised version of his vision of Jesus—as charismatic healer, sage, and prophet, a man living in the power of the spirit and dedicated to radical social change. Fully revised and updated, this is Borg's major book on the historial Jesus. He shows how the Gospel portraits of Jesus, historically seen, make sense. Borg takes into account all the recent developments in historical Jesus scholarship, as well as new theories on who Jesus was and how the Gospels reflect that. The original version of this book was published well before popular fascination with the historical Jesus. Now this new version takes advantage of all the research that has gone on since the 80s. The revisions establish it as Borg's big but popular book on Jesus.

Changing the Conversation

Changing the Conversation Author : Anthony B. Robinson
Release : 2008-08-20
Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN : 0802807593
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Jesus: A New Vision

Jesus: A New Vision Author : Marcus J. Borg
Release : 2009-10-13
Publisher : Harper Collins
ISBN : 0061763543
File Size : 89.39 MB
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From top Jesus expert Marcus Borg, a completely updated and revised version of his vision of Jesus—as charismatic healer, sage, and prophet, a man living in the power of the spirit and dedicated to radical social change. Fully revised and updated, this is Borg's major book on the historial Jesus. He shows how the Gospel portraits of Jesus, historically seen, make sense. Borg takes into account all the recent developments in historical Jesus scholarship, as well as new theories on who Jesus was and how the Gospels reflect that. The original version of this book was published well before popular fascination with the historical Jesus. Now this new version takes advantage of all the research that has gone on since the 80s. The revisions establish it as Borg's big but popular book on Jesus.

History and Literature of Early Christianity

History and Literature of Early Christianity Author : Helmut Koester
Release : 2000-01-01
Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
ISBN : 3110812657
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This work has established itself as a classical text in the field of New Testament studies. Written in a readable, non-technical style, it has become an indispensable textbook and reference for teachers, students, clergy, and the educated layperson interested in a scholarly treatment of the New Testament and its background in the Judaic and Greco-Roman world.

The Non-Violent Radical

The Non-Violent Radical Author : Charles McCollough
Release : 2012-06-01
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN : 1621893553
File Size : 44.58 MB
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This book interprets the wisdom of Jesus' sayings in the gospels in words and images. McCollough examines Jesus' wisdom in the context of the political and economic world of the Roman Empire and then applies it to our own time for both personal growth and social action. Original works of art by McCollough illustrate the texts of these sayings and can be used in private reflection, worship, and educational settings. In addition, readers may use the images for newsletters, church bulletins, and program announcements. A DVD with color images of many more illustrations of the book is available from the author. The short wisdom sayings of Jesus are almost always interpreted as private or interpersonal instruction and ignore the political/economic context of his time. The result is often sentimental piety or otherworldly speculation. Yet it is hard to imagine that Jesus and his followers were blind to the tyranny of Rome and the economic exploitation of a tiny minority over the vast majority of people living desperate lives in the Roman colonies. This book uses the insights of formerly colonized Bible readers in the non-Western world to understand the postcolonial meanings of Jesus' time and our own.

Jesus

Jesus Author : Grant R. Jeffrey
Release : 2009-01-21
Publisher : WaterBrook
ISBN : 9780307509307
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JESUS- The Great Debate The Question is… Who do you say that I am? An insightful new release addressing the identity of Jesus from a knowledgeable, well researched perspective. “Who do you say that I am?” It’s a question that has stirred great debate concerning the identity of Jesus in universities, churches, and most of all, in the hearts of millions. JESUS The Great Debate explored the criticism of the skeptics, such as the Jesus Seminar, a group of liberal scholars who deny that Jesus performed miracles and rose from the dead. Fascinating new scientific evidence suggests the Shroud of Turin may prove to be the actual burial cloth of Christ. Find out why many of the ancient Jews rejected Jesus despite their prophecies that revealed He was the true Messiah. Read the censored passages about Jesus of Nazareth hidden in the Jewish Talmud and Targums. Explore the astonishing discoveries of early Christian tombs. Uncover the truth about Jesus regarding His mysterious birth, His miracles, and His remarkable resurrection. “This comprehensive study of evidence about Jesus provides compelling proof to both skeptics and believers that He is the true Messiah.”