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Don't let literalism get in the way of your understanding and faith,
This review is from: Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally (Paperback)
A gentle presentation of the historical-metaphorical way of reading the Bible: both the Old and New Testaments.
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.