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

By Marcus J. Borg (Author)
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Borg reveals a new way of seeing Jesus and Christianity--a new perspective that can overcome the differences between the literalists and progressives, a path that emphasizes following "the way" of Jesus.

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From top Jesus expert Marcus Borg, a completely updated and revised version of his vision of Jesus--as charismatic healer, sage, and prophet, a man living in the power of the spirit and dedicated to radical social change.

Fully revised and updated, this is Borg's major book on the historial Jesus. He shows how the Gospel portraits of Jesus, historically seen, make sense. Borg takes into account all the recent developments in historical Jesus scholarship, as well as new theories on who Jesus was and how the Gospels reflect that.

The original version of this book was published well before popular fascination with the historical Jesus. Now this new version takes advantage of all the research that has gone on since the 80s. The revisions establish it as Borg's big but popular book on Jesus.

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   343
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 2, 2015
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0061434345  
ISBN13  9780061434341  

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More About Marcus J. Borg

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.

Marcus J. Borg has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars Study
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  3. Seastone

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Worth Reading  May 17, 2010
I'm halfway through the book. It's very well written and proposes new thoughts (to me, a Luthern) about Christianity and Jesus. It's a book for someone open to liberal interpretations of the Bible & Jesus.
Jesus-Life, Teachiings ...of a Religious Revolutionary  Apr 4, 2010
This is a well written and complete exposition of the modern interpretation of the life of Jesus, his actions and his teachings. It differentiates the metaphor of Jesus actions and teachings from the history that we know from reality and from historical investigation. It explains how so much of our Sunday School teaching is erroneous as literal history but that for those who will listen the metaphor is apparent. Borg is not a negativist telling what we have to stop believing but a scholar explaining why a different interpretation is more valid. So much of Biblical history has a different and rational explanation; Borg makes the Bible and the life of Jesus make a lot more sense.
Sad!  Mar 25, 2010
Really sad. Pure unbelief. The attack on the deity and character of Jesus continues.
JESUS  Mar 15, 2010
Very well written, very informative on the biblical and historical Jesus. It is one book that is worth keeping in your library!
Why bother with Jesus?  Dec 12, 2009
If you've given up on Christianity as a bastion of cultural provincialism, anti-intellectualism, miracle money-making, and war mongering, you might just find something to like about the Jesus presented in this book, a radical mystic concerned more with personal transformation, social justice and creating heaven on earth than in moralizing and the eternal hereafter.

Since experiencing a few years ago a reawakened interest in the philosophical and spiritual, I found myself drawn to Eastern systems - Taoism, Hinduism, and principally Buddhism. But having grown up with Jesus, so to speak, I thought a reexamination of my cultural roots was in order. I was curious about a modern interpretation of Jesus and Christianity that went beyond Sunday School mythology and the simplistic world view of the screeching know-nothings populating the Christian media.

I found this volume, as I recall, through this site. I didn't know a thing about Borg, but the book seems to be something of a classic, having gone through several reprints and a major rewrite. The positive reviews at this site were reinforced by the negative, many of which seem to be written in born-again Christian-speak. If these were the kind of people that didn't approve, I thought, then Borg should be worth reading.

And he was. The Jesus he presents seems like the kind of person I would like to know, someone more interested in honest inquiry and personal transformation than in what I might or might not believe. Carefully explaining his historical and literary methodology, Borg paints a picture of a man some thought crazy, others inspired.

-Jesus was human.
-Jesus was a mystic, someone engaged in practices (such as fasting) to experience the otherwordly.
-Jesus was an itinerant healer and exorcist.
-Jesus was concerned with social and economic justice.
-Jesus' mission was to call the Jews to a spiritual awakening through personal transformation, thereby helping them realize the kingdom of God on earth.
-There was no mission statement of an eternal life in heaven, nor the need for his followers to profess a believe in Jesus as the Son of God or as a new Messiah.
-Jesus did not die to redeem anyone.

For more details, google [jesus seminar], of which the author has been a leading member.

I finished the book feeling a couple of things were missing. One is some idea of the path, the way to practice Christianity. Borg mentions one in passing, but there is no explication, no how-to, no step one-two-and-three. Is a practitioner to give up private property? Leave his or her family? How does one pray or meditate? Join a community, or practice alone? Without a set of guidelines Jesus' teachings seem to be little more than a collection of parables and aphorisms, leaving us pretty much where find ourselves still today, squabbling over what Jesus _really_ meant.

The other is a reason for Jesus' relevance to modern man. If he wasn't divine, if he wasn't physically resurrected, if he wasn't sent as a vehicle of redemption, then why bother with Jesus when we've got plenty of ethical, spiritually-minded social reformers to chose from? What's so special about a 2000 year old Jewish mystic when we've got the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King? If this the best that can be done to rescue Christianity from its contradictions, then maybe we should just move on to something richer and more internally consistent.

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