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Excellent Biblical Insight,
This review is from: The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus became Fiction about Jesus (Paperback)
If you are one of those folks who feel that the Bible is the unmitigated word of God that is to be taken literally or else you're headed to hell, then read this review no further; this book will be of no interest to you. On the other hand, if you are seeking true insight into the Bible, and really want to learn about where it is culturally, historically, and theologically embedded, Crossan's book (along with his others) is simply fantastic. In this book specifically, the reader will gain perhaps unprecedented insight into an essential element of Jesus' ministry: his teaching via parable.
It's refreshing and fascinating to learn from Crossan's writing: He's done his homework, and just about all of his thinking springs from the text of the Bible itself. The reader gains important insight from a passionate believer in God, without the added baggage of a religious or personal agenda. I challenge any run-of-the-mill evangelical to do it better.
Those readers interested in similar Biblical scholarship and insight will also want to check out Marcus J. Borg's excellent writing. I'm so thankful to have found books like this; they are such an important departure from the brain-dead "Get saved!" and "Get right with God!" Read authors like Crossan and Borg. Learn, enjoy, and come to know God and the Bible in a truly better, deeper way!
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Initial post: 15 Dec 2013 13:33:56 GMT
Mr. Steven C. Watson says:
"...important insight from a passionate believer in God, without the added baggage of a religious or personal agenda." Pardon? You believe in God but don't have a religious agenda? You are alive and you do not have a personal agenda? Engage your brain. Neither can possibly br true.
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