Bishop Spong's most important book,
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This review is from: Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes (Paperback)
Bishop Spong elucidates The Gospels against the Jewish tradition of
sacred story telling and reminds us that the authors of the Gospels
were Jews who naturally drew on their own traditions of telling stories.
For me,the book opened up a new perspective that was convincing and stimulating.
The author's quest for a new Christianity,freed from the incredible literalism
most Christians have been expected to accept in the story of Jesus, is developed to a greater
extent than ever before . Many traditionalists will be shocked by much of the
analysis:Joseph and Judas Escariot were probably fictional,for example.
Bishop Spong's writing has always been lucid , direct and powerful. He has
shown himself in his ministry to be morally and intellectually courageous,
and a master expositor. I recommend this book to anyone whose intellectual
integrity prevents them from accepting the Gospel stories as literal history.