The First Christmas: What The Gospels Really Teach About Jesus' Birth
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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Harpercollins Publishing
Publication Date: 2007
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In The First Christmas, two of today's top Jesus scholars, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, join forces to show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. As they did for Easter in their previous book, The Last Week, here they explore the beginning of the life of Christ, peeling away the sentimentalism that has built up over the last two thousand years around this most well known of all stories to reveal the truth of what the gospels actually say. Borg and Crossan help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, "What do these stories mean?" in the context of both the first century and the twenty-first century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine.
MARCUS J. BORG is canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, at Oregon State University. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, Borg has been national chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature and is the author of the bestselling books Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, Jesus, and Speaking Christian. Visit Borg online at www.marcusjborg.com.
John Dominic Crossan,professor emeritus at DePaul University, iswidely regarded as the foremost historicalJesus scholar of our time. He currentlyserves as the president of the Society of BiblicalLiterature. He is the author of severalbestselling books, including The HistoricalJesus; Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; and,most recently, The Greatest Prayer. Crossanlives in Minneola, Florida.
David Crumm and ReadTheSpirit.com
This is a follow up to the extremely popular Crossan-Borg book, "The Last Week," which led readers through the gospel accounts about the end of Jesus' life.
This book is divided into nine chapters, each analyzing a different section or theme in the birth narratives. Carefully marked with sub-heads, sprinkled with intriguing questions, this book is ideal for adult-study groups. The series could last a full 9 weeks or could collapse the chapters into four or five sessions.
In the past, Borg and Crossan sometimes were slammed by evangelical commentators who took offense at their fresh interpretations of the scriptures. But a growing number of young evangelists are drawn to their approach, especially because they often point toward the strong political and social implications of the gospel for our age.
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