Reading the Bible Again For the First Time  -     By: Marcus J. Borg
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Reading the Bible Again For the First Time

HarperOne / 2002 / Paperback

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This controversial work by Jesus Seminar member Marcus Borg mounts a full-scale attack against biblical literalism, since Borg believes that the events in Scripture are not historical (even the resurrection), but stories that convey information about our relationship with God. Borg also sees little conflict between faith and modern science.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0060609192
ISBN-13: 9780060609191
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Publisher's Description

Many Christians mistakenly believe that their only choice is either to reconcile themselves to a fundamentalist reading of scripture (a "literal-factual" approach) or to simply reject the Bible as something that could bring meaning and value into their lives. In Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg shows how instead we can freshly appreciate all the essential elements of the Old and New Testaments—from Genesis to Revelation—in a way that can open up a new world of intelligent faith.

In Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Borg reveals how it is possible to reconcile a scientific and critical way of thinking with our deepest spiritual needs, leading to an insightful experience of ancient text. This unique book invites every reader—whatever his or her religious background—to engage the Bible, to wrestle with its meaning, to explore its mysteries, and to understand its relevance. Reading the Bible Again for the First Time shows us how to encounter the Bible in a fresh, new way that rejects the limits of simple literalism and opens up the rich possibility of living a life of authentic faith.

Author Bio

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Times described as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.

Editorial Reviews

“[A]n accessible book, almost entirely devoid of scholarly jargon but filled with scholarly insight.”
“Borg writes passionately about the enduring values of the Bible. The engaging historical details he includes make familiar stories read like new. Whether you read the Bible religiously or rarely, this book is thought-provoking.”
“Borg... has a knack for clarifying difficult theological issues and writing in a pensive style that is extremely accessible to Christian laity and seekers of all stripes. Almost single-handedly, he opened up new avenues of thought for lapsed or nonbelievers interested in re-visioning the Christianity of their childhood.”
“Provides many excellent metaphorical readings of biblical accounts, which unify the Bible’s stories.”
“A highly readable and succinct introduction to biblical criticism.”
“[T]akes the Bible back from the specialists...nothing short of a blessing, even a miracle!”
“Borg’s analysis is profound, challenging and engrossing; it will enable readers to use scripture creatively once again and truly make it a bridge for the divine.”
“This welcome book removes many of the barriers that separate thoughtful people from the wisdom of the Bible.”

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  1. Drumheller, AB Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This author stirs up new thoughts about the Bible
    May 9, 2012
    Drumheller, AB Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Always seem to be searching for new, different even radical ideas about our history. This book fulfills all of those. Take from it what fits for you and leave the rest behind for another time perhaps.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    November 7, 2009
    Roseann Payne
    This book presents a fascinating read on cultural, traditional and philosophical aspects of Christianity as a human-centered religion, but offers nothing at all on what this 'way' or 'truth' or 'life' is that Borg is upholding - yes he affirms that Jesus is this 'way', conclusive as "the path of transition and transformation from an old way of being to a new way of being',but how is this lived out? It seems to be left up to the individual to determine what this means for the 'way' they live. But I believe God makes it so clear that this way is through salvation, through the death and resurrection of Jesus himself who paid our penalty of death so we could be restored into relationship with God and transformed to be like Christ. This is the centre of Christianity. Its not about the religion or the philosophy or the claims of metaphorical interpretation - I am no expert so I will not go there - but a lot of what Borg says is trivial, useless, and reduces Christianity to a social institution based on subjective experience. There is no use for Jesus in a religion like that, except for providing a feel-good spirituality.To me, there are huge holes in his view on Christology and grace and all it leaves me with is a wishy-washy, watered down "other gospel" that Paul warns against in Galatians. I would perhaps be willing to appreciate his interpretation of Scripture if it was founded on Jesus, on the cross, on God's plan of salvation for humankind, but it is sorely lacking. If you want Jesus, He's gotta be who He says He is, or else everything we base upon Him is meaningless.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 30, 2009
    Shannon Verbal
    This is a philosophy or religion class type of book. It presents two unique views of biblical interpretation; the more methaphorical view vs. the more literal interpretation. It is not a quick read but very deep and thoughtful.
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