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Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written
Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written
by Marcus J. Borg
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marcus Borg: THE EVOLUTION OF THE WORD, 18 Nov 2013
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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.


Here I Stand
Here I Stand
by John Shelby Spong
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars John Spong's HERE I STAND, 18 Nov 2013
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Bishop John Spong is the radical and controversial former bishop of Newark, New Jersey. His autobiography tells the story of his journey from a very closed and narrow Christian upbringing in the deep south Bible Belt to the present. Training to be an Episcopal priest, he discovered the understanding of the Bible current in most theological colleges which is poles apart from his previous understanding and that of most people in the pew. As a campaigner for women's rights - including women's ordination, the recognition of the equal rights of black, gay and lesbian people within the Church and in society, and for a modern non-fundamentalist understanding of the bible and its place within the Church - he is without peer over the last fifty years. The book details the many battles he had to fight and the cost to himself and his family in the process. Much of his early ministry as a priest and bishop was set against the deteriorating health, mental well-being and the death of his first wife and mother of his children. He is now happily remarried to a partner who shares his views and values. Bishop Spong is a great teacher and his congregations as a priest and the wider world as a bishop have greatly benefitted from this skill. The subject of death threats and the most vile and 'unchristian' criticism from within the Church and outside it, much of his teaching lectures and talks have been committed to paper through his many challenging books. The latest of these is The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic. Here I Stand is a great story that will bring hope to all those inside and outside the Christian Church who seek a committed yet 'reasonable' faith and it will dismay those for whom any expression of doubt or raising questions on matters of faith is anathema.


Bristol Lodekka
Bristol Lodekka
by Martin S. Curtis
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bristol LODEKKA by Martin S. Curtis, 16 Mar 2009
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The appearance of the Bristol Lodekka marked a leap forward in bus design equivalent to the later arrival of the rear-engined buses. It achieved low-height whilst still offering good headroom on both decks [without the intrusive sunken side gallery], a stepless entrance and flat floor on both decks through an innovative chassis design. This was way ahead of other bus design at the time. The unfortunate thing was that it was restricted to a specific market to protect the other chassis and body producers in the UK. This was overcome slightly through the production of the Dennis Loline under licence. Martin Curtis gives a detailed and accurate account of the design, development and production of the Lodekka in both forms in which it was produced. As someone interested in bus design I found this book a valuable addition to the whole subject and a very interesting and informative read.
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