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This Hebrew Lord: Bishop's Search for the Authentic Jesus [Kindle Edition]

John Shelby Spong
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From the bestselling author of Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: John Shelby Spong's original groundbreaking classic, now newly revised, reveals the Jesus "behind the language of myth, magic, and superstition."

"In this study I found a Lord, a center for my being. Behind the supernatural framework of the first century . . . I discovered a life I wanted to know; a life that possessed a power I wanted to possess; a freedom, a wholeness for which I had yearned for years."

Illuminating the "figure who stands at the center of all the Christina Church is," John Shelby Spong explores Jesus under the light of the Hebrew tradition into which he was born. Candid, personal, and soundly argued, this is Spong's spiritual and intellectual pilgrimage to the Christ he discovered in Jesus of Nazareth.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060675209
  • Publisher: HarperOne (8 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JTYBWL4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Message Full of Hope 29 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
In THIS HEBREW LORD Spong gives us a glimpse of Jesus of Nazareth and the example he revealed of a life being fully lived and shared. In order to appreciate Jesus, the author believes it is necessary to look at him through first century Hebrew eyes.
Spong provides a hopeful message for anyone who is having trouble relating to traditional Christianity but is still searching for meaning in religion. He writes with clarity and the text is filled with examples from his own personal quest for the truth.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bishop's Search 7 May 2010
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This is an old book written some time ago, John Shelby Spong has changed his views since it was written. His updated views are expressed in his latest book 'JESUS FOR THE NON RELIGIOUS'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with a somewhat unique view on Jesus 26 Mar 2002
By Jeff Nyman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I will say right off that I write this review pretty much as an atheist. I certainly do not believe in much of what the Christian Scriptures have to say regarding miracles. I want to get that out so that any bias I have might be obvious.
That said, I think this is an excellent book. Spong writes very well, in a conversational and engaging style. You never feel you are being preached to and you have no doubt at all of this man's intelligence in his writing. Regarding the book, it seems to be showing you Spong's view of Jesus that he has come to accept in order to be an intellectually fulfilled person in this day and age and yet still be a spiritual one. Is this a redefinition of Jesus? To many, that is how it will be perceived. I think to Spong he feels that his view of Jesus is one that actually gets back to what Jesus represented and how the early writers (such as the Gospel writers) were actually representing him. To that end, I would say that Spong does a great job convincing me of the veracity of his vision in the sense that he presents a wonderful life philosophy. The book would do nothing to convince me to believe in the veracity of Jesus, per se, except in so far that one might call this life philosophy by "the Christ". Spong manages to do this, in some fashion, without believing in all the miracle stories of the Bible. At least I feel this to be the case. After reading the book I am not exactly sure where Spong stands on all the issues regarding Jesus' life (he refers you to his later books, which I will definitely read now) but I get the impression that he seems to feel Jesus was certainly more man than some sort of incarnation of the Hebrew Yahweh.
Regarding the book content itself, I like the idea of seeing Jesus through Hebrew eyes. I think that really was a mainstay of the book because you always have to look at people from the past in terms of what they represented in their cultural milieu. Spong makes a good case about the gospel writers (some of them, anyway) being influenced by Second Isaiah. That was interesting to me as I had never considered that. However, for myself, I disagreed (tentatively) with some of Spong's conclusions regarding how the gospel writers wrote. His interpretation of that, however, is definitely a good one and worthy of study. For myself, I do not think the gospel writers were as sophisticated as Spong seems to give them credit for but, then again, he does at least present the tendrils of a good case in that regard. I also do not feel that this book takes into account some of the notions that Jesus was part of the Zealots, which would undermine some of what Spong has to say.
However, one has to remember that this book is not meant to be a treatise on scholarship regarding the actual life of Jesus. So if one expects it to succeed in that realm, one would be missing the point of the book. The book is the story of how one man has looked at a definition of Jesus that he believes is relevant to the twentieth and twenty-first century. I highly recommend this book, particularly to those like myself who have little faith in religion. This book will probably not make you a believer but it will make you realize that it is possible to be very intellectual, very engaging, very articulate, as well as being very spiritual. I think that even if you abstract out the religious elements of Spong's book, the main theme still holds together. That is quite an accomplishment and makes it, in my opinion, well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God's Love is Freeing 11 Jun 2000
By Dr. Ron Ribble - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is not a world in which one reads and agrees on everything a mind like Bishop Spong's puts forth as proposition. If one did agree on every proposition, it would be agreement absent rationality and akin to the petrified belief structure of evangelical fundamentalism. As a catholic I am not bound to a literal interpretation of Scripture and in my past as mainstream and fundamentalist protestant, I could never bring myself succumb to such notions.
Spong causes anyone who is not frightened by the venture to explore the Jewishness of Christ. He was-despite the typical Aryan images of him foisted on us from an early age-a semite, a Jew well-grounded in Jewish culture and belief. To understand him as a Jew is to know better the Christ whose name we claim to reverence.
I cannot help but endorse Spong's conclusion that the mission of Jesus-ordained by God or otherwise-was to set us free to realize the fullness of life and in doing so to make our own choices. And I find his blend of existentialism with a freeing view of the meaning of scripture to be thoughtful and wholly palatable. Those who believe in the limitations of literalism, who accept the chains of fundamentalism, whose minds are threatened by demons of their own making, who stifle thought and make a jest of genuine goodness, will necessarily find Spong's book anathema. For them belief is a prison from which escape is impossible.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Message Full Of Hope 29 Feb 2004
By Peter Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In THIS HEBREW LORD Spong gives us a glimpse of Jesus of Nazareth and the example he revealed of a life being fully lived and shared. In order to appreciate Jesus, Spong believes it is necassary to look at him through first century Hebrew eyes. From this vantage point the meaning of spiritual is to be alive to both God and the world. To have faith is to have the courage to enter life where one is also able to find God. To the Hebrew in the time of Jesus there is no separation between God and the world as there is in Greek philosophy.
The author shows us a few Hebrew images from the Bible to help us observe Jesus in this new light. They are Jesus as a new Moses and new Elijah as well as the suffering servant from Second Isaiah.
Spong also discusses certain words attributed to Jesus in the fourth gospel which allow us to see Jesus more completely. These words refer to Jesus as Light, Life, Resurrection and the Bread of Life. In this gospel Jesus is given what the author refers to as "Christpower."
Spong provides a hopeful message for anyone who is having trouble relating to traditional Christianity but is still searching for meaning in religion. He writes with clarity and the text is filled with examples from his own personal quest for the truth.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See the Life of Jesus with Fresh New Eyes 24 Oct 2008
By Darren Main - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the best books out there to help modern spiritual seekers understand who Jesus was as a Jew in early first century. Bishop Spong skillfully strips away the layers of myth that plague modern Christianity to reveal a more accurate picture of Jesus that is far more practical and real than the Jesus you meet in most churches today.

Darren Main
Author of "Hearts and Minds: Talking to Christians about Homosexuality"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hebrew Lord byJohn Shelby Spong 1 July 2010
By Marilee - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone, of any religion, who wants to understand the 'facts' not the fiction of the Bible should indeed read this book. It portrays a wonderful picture of Jesus in the right light.

Anyone interested in understanding the Holy Bible accurately should engage in reading ANY of Spong's books. Of course, you may get upset with some statements but once he proves it by outlining where to read and compare and once you realize he is a dedicated Christian only desiring truth, you get a whole new big picture.
Blessings, Marilyn J. Awtry
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