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Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

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Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. Now, in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining.

"Believing in Jesus does not mean believing doctrines about him," Borg writes. "Rather, it means to give one's heart, one's self at its deepest level, to . . . the living Lord."

Drawing on his own journey from a naive, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creeds or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus' character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith.

For questioning believers, doubters, and reluctant unbelievers alike, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time frees our understanding of Jesus' life and message from popular misconceptions and outlines the way to a sound and contemporary faith: "For ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present. Meeting that Jesus—the living one who comes to us even now—will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time."

Synopsis:

Jay Parinis Jesus brings the powerful narrative skills of an award-winning novelist to a figure who has affected and changed many lives in a profound way. Parini considers the story in all its mythical radiance, taking Jesus as the human face of God, a figure whose self-sacrifice has inspired men and women for twenty centuries.

Synopsis:

Jay Parini brings a lifes worth of contemplation on Jesus to the first volume in ICONS, a series of brief, thought-provoking biographies edited by James Atlas. In Jesus, Parini turns the powerful narrative skill hes wielded over the course of a four-decade career to a figure whos dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for over twenty centuries.

 

The main trend of modern theology has hinged on the notion of “demythologizing” Jesus. Parinis book seeks to re-mythologize him, considering the story in all its mythical radiance, taking Jesus as the human face of God. It asks: Whats so moving about Jesuss story that millions of people over two millennia have considered it a paradigm for living?

 

Far from dogmatic, Parini looks at the many ways in which Jesus has been viewed and dramatizes the transformation from Jesus to Christ, man to myth, and obscure Jewish carpenter to someone who pointed a finger toward God and said with conviction: This is the way. Follow me.

Synopsis:

Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. Now, in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining.
"Believing in Jesus does not mean believing doctrines about him," Borg writes. "Rather, it means to give one's heart, one's self at its deepest level, to . . . the living Lord."

Drawing on his own journey from a naive, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate scepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life--one not rooted in creeds or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus' character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith.

For questioning believers, doubters, and reluctant unbelievers alike, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time frees our understanding of Jesus' life and message from popular misconceptions and outlines the way to a sound and contemporary faith: "For ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present. Meeting that Jesus--the living one who comes to us even now--will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time."

About the Author

Marcus J. Borg is professor emeritus in the philosophy department at Oregon State University, where he held the Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture, and author of the New York Timesbestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, The Last Week, and Jesus. He was an active member of the Jesus Seminar when it focused on the historical Jesus and he has been chair of the historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Table of Contents

Preface  ix

1. Ancient Palestine  1

2. In the Beginning  13

3. The Dove Descending: His Ministry Begins  30

4. Walking in Galilee: The Healer and Teacher  44

5. Entering Jerusalem  79

6. The Passion: From Gesthsemene to Golgotha  99

7. Resurrection  118

8. The Afterlife of Jesus  136

Acknowledgments  154

Notes  155

Select Bibliography  168

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060609177
Subtitle:
The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith
Author:
Borg, Marcus J.
Author:
by Marcus J. Borg
Author:
Parini, Jay
Publisher:
HarperOne
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
Theology - Christology
Subject:
Bible - Biography - New Testament
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Bible - Theology - New Testament
Subject:
Historicity
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Christology
Subject:
Christian Theology - Christology
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Person and offices
Subject:
Jesus Christ--Person and offices
Subject:
Jesus Christ -- Historicity.
Subject:
Christianity-Christology
Subject:
Bible - Biography - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Icons
Series Volume:
9478
Publication Date:
19950303
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.66 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Jay Parinis Jesus brings the powerful narrative skills of an award-winning novelist to a figure who has affected and changed many lives in a profound way. Parini considers the story in all its mythical radiance, taking Jesus as the human face of God, a figure whose self-sacrifice has inspired men and women for twenty centuries.

"Synopsis" by ,

Jay Parini brings a lifes worth of contemplation on Jesus to the first volume in ICONS, a series of brief, thought-provoking biographies edited by James Atlas. In Jesus, Parini turns the powerful narrative skill hes wielded over the course of a four-decade career to a figure whos dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for over twenty centuries.

 

The main trend of modern theology has hinged on the notion of “demythologizing” Jesus. Parinis book seeks to re-mythologize him, considering the story in all its mythical radiance, taking Jesus as the human face of God. It asks: Whats so moving about Jesuss story that millions of people over two millennia have considered it a paradigm for living?

 

Far from dogmatic, Parini looks at the many ways in which Jesus has been viewed and dramatizes the transformation from Jesus to Christ, man to myth, and obscure Jewish carpenter to someone who pointed a finger toward God and said with conviction: This is the way. Follow me.

"Synopsis" by , Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. Now, in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining.
"Believing in Jesus does not mean believing doctrines about him," Borg writes. "Rather, it means to give one's heart, one's self at its deepest level, to . . . the living Lord."

Drawing on his own journey from a naive, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate scepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life--one not rooted in creeds or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus' character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith.

For questioning believers, doubters, and reluctant unbelievers alike, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time frees our understanding of Jesus' life and message from popular misconceptions and outlines the way to a sound and contemporary faith: "For ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present. Meeting that Jesus--the living one who comes to us even now--will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time."

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