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Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary [Hardcover]

By Marcus J. Borg (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.84" Height: 1.24"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060594454  
EAN  9780060594459  

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Rediscovering the Original "Way" of Jesus the Christ Leading Bible scholar Marcus Borg takes us on an incredible journey to discover who Jesus was, what he taught, and why he still matters today. In the definitive book of his career, Borg argues that how we see Jesus affects how we see Christianity and reveals a new way of seeing- a new perspective that can overcome the differences between the literalists and progressives, a path that emphasizes following "the way" of Jesus, the original name of the Jesus movement.

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Marcus J. Borg Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007.

He is the author of nineteen books, including Jesus: A New Vision (1987) and the best-seller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994); The God We Never Knew (1997); The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (1999); Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001), and The Heart of Christianity (2003), both best-sellers. His newest books are Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006), a New York Times Best-Seller; Conversations with Scripture: Mark (2009), and three books co-authored with John Dominic Crossan, The Last Week (2006), The First Christmas (2007), and The First Paul (2009).

His novel, Putting Away Childish Things, was published in April, 2010.

Described by The New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars,” he has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and “Dateline,” PBS’s “Newshour,” ABC’s “Evening News” and “Prime Time” with Peter Jennings, NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and several National Geographic programs. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.

His work has been translated into eleven languages: German, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and French. His doctor’s degree is from Oxford University, and he has lectured widely overseas (England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel and South Africa) and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian Institutions.

Marcus J. Borg currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon.

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a progessive look at Jesus and his times  Mar 30, 2007
Marcus Borg is one of my favorite writers of books on the life of Jesus and early Christianity. This book is a very good summary of years of study on his part. It is from a progessive viewpoint and thus a different positioning from the mainstream. If like me you've had questions with not a lot of appropriate answers I think you will find this book very interesting reading.
On Borg's Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary  Mar 28, 2007
This is a well written conscientous work. To those who cannot abide fundamentalism this work is also encouraging and demonstrates how it is possible to still be a person of faith in a postmodern world. I highly recommend reading this.
A Profound, Challenging Book  Mar 17, 2007
Ever since I read "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time" I have been a huge fan of Marcus Borg. I'm what you might call a progressive Christian, so perhaps I'm just more open to non-traditional ways of thinking about Christian theology, but even then this book stirred me.

Borg not only puts forward a profound, challenging, persuasive, and well-researched book, but he does so in a way that is sincerely Christian, avoiding the across-the-board skepticism that some writers show. And Borg's writing style is as clear and engrossing as ever. I could hardly put it down.

I recommend this book to all Christians and everyone else interested in Jesus of Nazareth.
Wealth of knowledge about God's divine Christ!  Mar 13, 2007
I loved this book! I am not a fundamentalist, and I am not a progressive reformer. I am, however, an open minded traditionalist, who thinks for herself and profoundly believes IN Jesus. I must admit, I am guilty of reading the Bible so literally that I was arguing with the facts and not feeling the full weight of it's impact. I kept being very frustrated cuz I knew I was missing some hidden point, and I wasn't being given all of the tools the Bible promises to discern God's message to me. I am responsible for learning all I can about issues I am passionate about, and then meditating on these to try to discern God's individual message to me. We all have a duty to make God's world (the vision He has for us, as His children) a better place.

Marcus' suggestion that the Virgin Birth may only have been a metaphor (with a very divine inspiration and great meaning) is a well thought out, and not over the top, perspective; for which I must meditate on and digest for myself. Whatever I decide about the Virgin Birth, I have no fear that reading about Marcus' perspective regarding the Virgin Birth will ever hurt my relationship with Jesus. On the contrary, testing and probing new ideas in our hearts only strenghens our faith.

Marcus does such a great of sharing his knowledge and perception, that you come away feeling like you know Jesus better. And, if you know someone better, it is easier to build, maintain, and enjoy a solid relationship with them. Regardless of what denomination you subscribe to, or which doctrine(s) make most sense to you, we should not be putting our precious energies into religions and fighting about who's wrong or who's right. In doing so, we are all missing the point of truly loving God because we know Him and like him. Loving God as He loves us.

I am excited to read the Bible all over again; because, now, I have new insight into the characters and the stories. If more people knew more about the Old Testament's and New Testament's history and meaning, they wouldn't be so turned off by it as a result of their limited relationship with God, His passion and His character.

I am not what some would call a "mature" Christian. However, I am a heartfelt, Christian just the same. God gave me the brain I have to probe and learn, as a way of discerning the message He has for me. I'm seeing my journey, at this point, as a bridge constructed of my knowledge and gifts of discernment. But, at some point, this bridge will end for me. I will no longer be able to walk further based on what I learn with my brain, or feel with my heart. The rest of my journey toward God will be, and can only be, lead by God on the wings of my deep faith in Him. It is a risk-free, intelligent, well discerned, leap of faith.

This book, Jesus by Marcus Borg, is definitely one of those boards of knowlege that I patiently build my bridge with. I would hope, Marcus' readers would realize that their bridge is their own, and knowledge and insight can only extend that bridge so far. At one point, we must soar on faith!

This book is great for reaching out to all Christians and, hopefully, bringing us all back together again to REALLY love God's world that we live in, and REALLY love each other, and REALLY love God. Marcus isn't telling us WHO God is (that is for us to meditate on for ourselves), but he is sharing his years of experience and knoweldge with us, so that we can know Jesus better! Thanks, Marcus!

Overrated at one star  Mar 4, 2007
Amazing that one can write this revisionist nonsense and get an audience. It shows how far the Christian Church has fallen in its educational and apologetic duties. How can our community be so ignorant as to fall for this PRSH (look the Hebrew up)?

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