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The controversial Espiscopal bishop of Newark shows how the Gospel stories--a collection of Jewish midrashic tales--have been misinterpreted for centuries as accounts of actual events because of an ignorance of the Jewish foundation behind the texts. Reprint.
In this boldest book since Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Bishop John Shelby Spong offers a compelling view of the Gospels as thoroughly Jewish tests.Spong powerfully argues that many of the key Gospel accounts of events in the life of Jesus--from the stories of his birth to his physical resurrection--are not literally true. He offers convincing evidence that the Gospels are a collection of Jewish midrashic stories written to convey the significance of Jesus. This remarkable discovery brings us closer to how Jesus was really understood in his day and should be in ours.
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