- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Bravo Ltd; Reprint edition (27 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062082116
- ISBN-13: 978-0062082114
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written Paperback – 27 Aug 2013
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The most helpful thing that Borg has to offer is a contextual introduction to each of the 27 books of the New Testament . . . An eminently readable and eye-opening addition to religion shelves, as well as a new and fascinating way to read the New Testament. --Booklist (starred review)
From the Back Cover
Everyone knows the New Testament begins with the Gospel of Matthew, but how many know Matthew was actually one of the later books to be written? (It wasn't even the first Gospel!) But Evolution of the Word is not your typical New Testament.
Marcus J. Borg, esteemed Bible scholar and bestselling author, shakes up the order of the New Testament as we know it by putting the books in a completely new order--the order in which they were written. By doing so, Evolution of the Word allows us to read these documents in their historical context. For the first time, see how the core ideas of Christianity took shape and developed over time.
Borg surveys what we know of the Jewish community of Jesus followers who passed on their stories orally. Into this context emerges the apostle Paul, whose seven authentic letters become the first collected writings that would later become the New Testament. Borg offers helpful introductions for each book so that as we read through these biblical documents, spanning over a century in time, we see afresh what concerns and pressures shaped this movement as it evolved into a new religion.
In this groundbreaking format, Borg reveals how a radical and primitive apocalyptic Jewish faith slowly became more comfortable with the world, less Jewish, and more pre- occupied with maintaining power and control. Evolution of the Word promises to change forever how we think about this historic work.See all Product description
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Marcus Borg’s “Evolution of the Word” is the complete NRSV version of the New Testament, set out in the order the ‘books’ were written, with a concise introduction to each. It enables us to begin to see how the first three generations of disciple-communities developed their understanding of who Jesus is. Subsequent generations, right up to the present day, have each projected their own agenda and interpretation: As many have said “we look down a well two thousand years deep and in the bottom see our own reflection.” Marcus Borg has set out the findings of the most recent research which is often sadly dismissed by many fundamentalist evangelicals. There is nothing to fear in using common sense and academic rigor in approaching these first century texts. Having read his “Meeting Jesus in Mark” (2011) I knew “Evolution of the Word” would be an invaluable scholarly resource to trust.
Borg writes (page 424): “The rule I have sought to follow… is to reflect consensus conclusion when possible and, when there is no consensus, to follow majority opinion.” In dating each manuscript he has some surprises especially putting Luke-Acts after John’s Gospel. Time and again he points out that the later the document the more often one finds that the disciple communities have conceded their stance to the prevailing standards in society.Read more ›
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Marcus Bor only ever produced well written books and, for me, each one seemed to come at just the high time in my journey.Published 14 months ago by Peter Knight
I have read this immediately after Borg's Reading the Bible Again for the First Time.
We all assume that Matthew's Gospel came first and Revelation came last, because... Read more
Have not read this yet but having browsed through it I know I will enjoy it. It gives a new slant on our Bible.Published on 29 Mar. 2014 by Mrs S W of Dumfries
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