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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (27 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062082116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062082114
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most helpful thing that Borg has to offer is a contextual introduction to each of the 27 books of the New Testament . . . An eminently readable and eye-opening addition to religion shelves, as well as a new and fascinating way to read the New Testament. --Booklist (starred review)

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Marcus J. Borg, author of bestseller Heart of Christianity, is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and author of the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, The God We Never Knew, and coauthor of Jesus: A New Vision with N. T. Wright. He was an active member of the Jesus Seminar when it focused on the historical Jesus and he has been chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Jan. 2013
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I wish I this book had been available many many years ago. Biblical research in our lifetime has become a meticulous science. This book by Marcus Borg offers any reader an intelligent introduction to the New Testament and to those who read it from a present-day Christian perspective it will deepen their confidence and faith.

Marcus Borg’s “Evolution of the Word” is the complete NRSV version of the New Testament, set out in the order the ‘books’ were written, with a concise introduction to each. It enables us to begin to see how the first three generations of disciple-communities developed their understanding of who Jesus is. Subsequent generations, right up to the present day, have each projected their own agenda and interpretation: As many have said “we look down a well two thousand years deep and in the bottom see our own reflection.” Marcus Borg has set out the findings of the most recent research which is often sadly dismissed by many fundamentalist evangelicals. There is nothing to fear in using common sense and academic rigor in approaching these first century texts. Having read his “Meeting Jesus in Mark” (2011) I knew “Evolution of the Word” would be an invaluable scholarly resource to trust.
Borg writes (page 424): “The rule I have sought to follow… is to reflect consensus conclusion when possible and, when there is no consensus, to follow majority opinion.” In dating each manuscript he has some surprises especially putting Luke-Acts after John’s Gospel. Time and again he points out that the later the document the more often one finds that the disciple communities have conceded their stance to the prevailing standards in society.
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Marcus Borg is one of the great New Testament scholars alive today. In THE EVOLUTION OF THE WORD, he puts the Books and Letters of the New Testament into the order in which they were written rather than the current New Testament order. He also gives each of them an introduction and a date of composition.which is followed by the New Testament text using the New Revised Standard translation. It is obvious, for some this will be for the first time, that the writings of St. Paul predate everything else. Several of the so-called Pauline Letters such as Ephesians and Colossians, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus cannot possibly have come from Paul's pen [or dictation] as he had been executed long before they were written. Mark is the first Gospel written followed by Mathew, John and finally Luke and The Acts of the Apostles. The other New Testament Letters are interspersed among them ending with 2 Peter well into the Second Century of the Common Era. This is a challenging book that sets the record straight. As Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Lowell Erdahl says in his Foreword: "I think every pastor, seminary professor, and seminary student should have a copy of this chronological New Testament...It will change the way we see the emergence and development of earliest Christianity. It will be an adventure of exploration and discovery." I couldn't agree more.
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For the novice Bible student like me, putting the contents of the Bible into chronological order, and explaining why, is a revelation in itself, but there is much else provided by Marcus Borg that clarifies and provides historical context, and a 'fresh take' on familiar verses and the less familiar passages of scripture.
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Evolution of the Word.... throws new light for the reader on the story of Jesus and how it evolved. It also gives an opportunity to read the New Testament again with this new perspective. Helpful, interesting and a great read.
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Gave an understanding of the early church's progress. The introduction to each book in the New Testament was succinct and answered doubts.
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