Reading the Bible Again for the First Time Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally

ISBN-10: 0060609192

ISBN-13: 9780060609191

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

Authors: Marcus J. Borg

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One of the vital challenges facing thoughtful people today is how to read the Bible faithfully without abandoning our sense of truth and history. Reading the Bible Again for the First Time provides a much-needed solution to the problem of how to have a fully authentic yet contemporary understanding of the scriptures. Many mistakenly believe there are no choices other than fundamentalism or simply rejecting the Bible as something that can bring meaning to our lives. Answering this modern dilemma, acclaimed author Marcus Borg reveals how it is possible to reconcile the Bible with both a scientific and critical way of thinking and our deepest spiritual needs, leading to a contemporary yet grounded experience of the sacred texts. This seminal book shows you how to read the Bible as it should be examined -- in an approach the author calls "historical-metaphorical." Borg explores what the Scriptures meant to the ancient communities that produced and lived by them. He then helps us to discover the meaning of these stories, providing the knowledge and perspective to make the wisdom of the Bible an essential part of our modern lives. The author argues that the conventional way of seeing the Bible's origin, authority, and interpretation has become unpersuasive to millions of people in our time, and that we need a fresh way of encountering the Bible that takes the texts seriously but not literally, even as it takes seriously who we have become. Borg traces his personal spiritual journey, describing for readers how he moved from an unquestioning childhood belief in the biblical stories to a more powerful and dynamic relationship with the Bible as a sacred text brimming with meaning and guidance. Using his own experience as an example, he reveals how the modern crisis of faith is itself rooted in the misinterpretation of sacred texts as historical record and divine dictation, and opens readers to a truer, more abundant perspective. This unique book invites everyone -- whatever one's religious background -- to engage the Bible, wrestle with its meaning, explore its mysteries, and understand its relevance. Borg shows us how to encounter the Bible in a fresh way that rejects the limits of simple literalism and opens up rich possibilities for our lives.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/7/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Marcus J. Borg is canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and was Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. Described by the New York Times as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars," he has appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline , ABC's World News , and NPR's Fresh Air . He is the author of the bestselling books Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time , The Heart of Christianity , Reading the Bible Again for the First Time , The God We Never Knew , Jesus , Speaking Christian , and The Evolution of the Word . His blog appears on the Progressive Christian Channel of Patheos.com.

Preface
Foundations
Reading Lenses: Seeing the Bible Again
Reading Lenses: The Bible and God
Reading Lenses: History and Metaphor
The Hebrew Bible
Reading the Creation Stories Again
Reading the Pentateuch Again
Reading the Prophets Again
Reading Israel's Wisdom Again
The New Testament
Reading the Gospels Again
Reading Paul Again
Reading Revelation Again
Epilogue
Subject Index
Modern Author Index
Scripture Index
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