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Jesus: A New Vision - Spirit, Culture and the Life of Discipleship [Paperback]

Marcus J. Borg
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20 Feb 1992
A thoughtful, well-researched historical portrait of Jesus as charismatic, healer, sage, and prophet--as spiritual, deeply political, and fully consistent with the gospel presentation.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco; 1st Harpercollins Papercover Ed edition (20 Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060608145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060608149
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Social World of Jesus. 31 Jan 2003
One of the more interesting chapters in this book attempts to describe the social world of Jesus. Borg theorizes that Jesus was deeply involved with the sociopoltical life of His own people as the founder of a revitalization movement.
The Jesus movement is depicted as seeking to transform Jewish society by creating an alternative community based on inclusiveness, acceptance, love and peace. The Jewish social world in contrast is dominated by the politics of holiness which emphasizes separation as typified by clean and unclean, purity and defilement, sacred and profane, Jew and Gentile, righteous and sinner.
Further complicating the situation is the Roman annexation of Palestine in 63 B.C. which creates an onerous system of double taxation with disastrous consequences for the agrarian society into which Jesus is born. The Jesus movement has competition from other Jewish renewal movements in Palestine such as the Essenes, Pharisees and Zealots.
Borg manages to explain this complicated web using a very readable style. Overall I recommend the book highly as long as you do not insist on the inerrancy of the Bible. Otherwise you will definitely find it unsettling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Model For The Christian Life 6 April 2002
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Borg paints a picture of Jesus which is different in many important respects from the image presented in the gospels and in particular in the Gospel of John. In Borg's view Jesus has at the center of His life a relationship to the Spirit of God and He is concerned with creating a community grounded in the Spirit. Jesus is a healer,a charasmatic, a sage, a renewal movement founder and a prophet. Although Borg doubts the authenticity of the exalted identity and purpose of Jesus described in John, he still sees Jesus as a model for the Christian life as well as a model for one's own personal discipleship.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of the ideas I applaud the most in this book is Borg's suggestion that the power of the Spirit can create new life for believers. Life in the Spirit not only draws one away from culture but it can actually create an alternative community and culture.
Borg describes Jesus as a Spirit-filled figure in the charasmatic stream of Judaism. JESUS: A NEW VISION is one of the more inspiring books I have read on the subject of the historical Jesus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insights 7 April 2013
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Borg is a good scholar with a real faith. His insights into first century Judaism really help to show the teaching of Jesus in a much more helpful way than the "plain reading" of the gospels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A credible and relevant Jesus 4 Dec 2007
By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'm a big fan of Marcus Borg's writings, and this is an excellent example of this stimulating American scholar's work. It focuses on the life and death of Jesus, and is full of captivating detail on the spiritual and social climate that are essential to understanding him as the product of the very particular phenomenon in time and place that was first-century Judaism. Describing Jesus as a `Spirit person', using the cross-cultural (and therefore time- and placeless) categories of sage, revitalisation movement founder, prophet and challenge, Borg succeeds in bringing him excitingly to life afresh for the contemporary reader. Though some (notably Tom Wright) have critiqued Borg's work for taking insufficient account of Jesus' Jewish context, there's no doubt that the author's Jesus is a credible figure, as relevant and inspirational now as he was then. Highly recommended.
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