Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally Paperback – 2 Jan 2002
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Takes the Bible back from the specialists…nothing short of a blessing, even a miracle! --Peter J. Gomes, author of The Good Book: Reading the Bible With Heart and Mind
This welcome book removes many of the barriers that separate thoughtful people from the wisdom of the Bible. --Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Provides many excellent metaphorical readings of biblical accounts, which unify the Bible s stories. --Library Journal
About the Author
Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. He was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. Borg is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling The Heart of Christianity, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, and the novel Putting Away Childish Things. 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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The warning has always been that if you select only those parts of the bible that you like that you water down the whole.
This excellent book by Marcus J Borg addresses those very concerns. He present s the bible in a new way - from the point of the view of those who wrote the various documents and those who would have received them. He places the bible within the world that it came into being, rather than as a guide book to be interpreted as if it was written last week.
So, for example, the gospels might be history - a factual narrative, testimony - statements of the impact of Jesus or metaphor - stories to tell readers what Jesus was like. But Borg does not write this in a way that dilutes the bible. On the contrary he points out that each of these is valid. The underlying truth remains the same.
He writes as an academic but in a way that does not hide his own passion and love for the scriptures.
A great read and highly recommended for anyone seeking the truth behind the most popular book in history.
Borg writes about "postcritical naivete" as a way of listening to Bible stories once one can no longer believe they are literally true.
There's much good material about the Old Testament. I especially found the chapter on "Reading the Prophets Again" helpful. As for the New Testament, it was "Reading Paul Again" that has helped me most so far. Borg presents key themes in Paul and speculates how Paul may have reached individuals with his message about Jesus. Borg's discussion of "justification by grace" as being the basis of our relationship to God in the present seemed well said and a good correction to what seems an inappropriate focus on the future.
Borg states the Bible can teach us that God is not only real, but knowable and He is a God of justice and compassion. Furthermore, our lives can be made whole by living in a conscious relationship with the mystery of the Lord. The latter is the most important benefit we can receive from reading the Bible again with a new outlook.
Borg never fails to provide an uplifting experience for me. It helps that he writes with so much clarity.
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