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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; Reprint edition (March 2 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060609176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060609177
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Marshall on Feb. 24 2004
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Marcus Borg is the most sensible and sympathetic of the Jesus Seminar scholars I have read. I found many worthwhile insights in this book: the way he links the Gospels and Paul's teaching on grace (though Jesus and Paul also call us to radical moral purity, and Borg sometimes makes meaning slave to etymology), his discussion of meta-narratives, parables, and aphorisms, and the contrast between "conventional wisdom" and "unconventional" wisdom, for example.
But the criteria by which Borg judges whether or not a given teaching really is from Jesus are shaky. Does the "Gospel" of Thomas have anything of value to say about the life of Jesus? I doubt it. Why does Borg assume that only material from the Christian "tradition" before 60 A.D. can be trusted? If I were to write about the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, at a chronological distance equivalent to 93 AD, I could easily find eyewitnesses. Why should it have been so much harder for the Gospel writers in 70 AD?
Borg's chief weakness may be his habit of working alternatives into what look like false dichotomies, or trichotomies: holiness versus compassion, individual versus political virtue, "belief" versus "action" versus "becoming." (Why not all three? "Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength!") Borg's method of exegesis is often to exagerrate one element in Jesus' teaching, then make that a principle by which to exclude other elements.
Borg identifies JS pronouncements with the "scholarly consensus." But many first rank scholars (Wright, Hays, Johnson, Meier, Jenkins, and others) find the JS way of working quite flawed.
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A penetrating look at who Jesus really was and what he espoused. Especially good for readers of Marcus Borg and John Spong.
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Borg introduces you to a Jesus that was a compassionate, exceptionally bright and politically astute, and social activist with rapier wit. To top it off, he had a charisma that was totally compelling to those he encountered -- born of his inner vision of his own spiritual relationship with God. A must read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Wayne Bradley Robinson, Ph.D. on July 10 2003
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Marcus Borg has been a moving force behind the "Jesus Seminar." He is in great demand as a speaker because he does such a wonderful job of writing and speaking clearly and in a way that is both informative and holds your atention easily. This book comes from a set of lectures given at the Annual meeting of the NO. CA/NV Conference of the UCC. The title was given to him, but the more he lived into it, the more it appealed to him.
He has a wonderfully engaging way of speaking and writing and is unique in combining a lively spirtuality and scholarly acumen. This field has been the major focus of my own work and I am convinced that Marcus'book is the best place to start for anyone wanting to find out about the work of recent Jesus research. In the book, he describes his own personal struggles that led him to the place he is now. This lends a marvelous credibility to the book and helps the reader to identify with what Marcus is saying. I have recommended it to others over and over and the response has always been anywhere from positive to ecstatic.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Cook on June 16 2003
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This wasn't a book that I would have chosen on my own. So, why did I read it you ask? Well, I took a college course and was assigned a paper on Mr. Borg. I actually read three of Mr. Borgs' books (don't ask me how), and feel qualified to give an expert opinion of Borgs' work.
First one must consider Mr. Borgs background. He was raised in a christian home and came of age in the 60's. This would explain his interesting journey through agnosticism, atheism and finally liberalism. Since this book was about his view of Jesus I will not go into the Jesus Seminar, etc. Perhaps the most disturbing viewpoint to me was his view of Jesus as a Sage (Spirit person), like Buddha, and others. Jesus was one who had these moments in another reality or dimension and then was able to share this with others. People around Him, Jesus, could feel this and flocked to Him. I won't even go into the whole Sophia manipulations, etc. I just don't understand how someone can claim to be a Christian and yet deny the deity of Christ. If all of the Bible is not true, then how do you know which parts to believe? I guess you just operate as Mr. Borg does, pick the parts you like. Just suffice to say that I would not recommend this book to anyone, not even to do a research paper on Mr. Borg.
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Awesome!
Most interesting.
Makes Jesus REAL.
Good adult reading.
I am a "roman" catholic very tired of the old stories, distress by the betrayal after Vatican II, and the return to values totally separated from today's world's. As in globalisation, humanitarian aid, rights to freedom, equality,etc.
If Jesus lived today; where would he stand?
The book gives a pretty good idea
And such clarity in presenting the pre-resurrection Jesus and the post-resurrection Jesus.
Enhanced my faith and harmonized it with my intellect.
I loved the book; it brought me important enlightenment.
DM
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