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The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

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Publisher Comments:

“Personal and accessible . . . The Rise and Fall of the Bible is Beals attempt to shatter this popular understanding of the Bible as a combination of divine instruction manual and self-help book.”—Adam Kirsch, Tablet

In this revelatory exploration, a noted religion scholar and former evangelical Christian takes us back to early Christianity to ask how a box of handwritten scrolls became the Bible, and forward to see how the multibillion-dollar business that has brought us Biblezines and manga Bibles is selling down the Bibles sacred capital. Among his surprising insights:

*Christianity thrived for centuries without any Bible. Early congregations used collections of scrolls; there was no official canon of scriptures and no book existed that was big enough to hold them.

*The idea of the Bible as the literal Word of God is only about a century old.

*There is no “original” Bible behind the thousands of Bibles on the market today. The further back we go in the Bibles history, the more versions we find.

In The Rise and Fall of the Bible Beal offers a chance to rediscover a Bible, and a faith, that is truer to its own history—not a book of answers but a library of questions.

“Part autobiography, part social scientific research, part shrewd discernment, and part theological interpretation—Tim Beal has written a zinger of a book about the cultural history of the Bible. This welcome and important book will cause a pause before we make glib claims for ‘the Word of the Lord.” —Walter Brueggemann

“Beal . . . makes a compelling case against the idea of a fully consistent and unerring book, positing instead a very human volume with all the twists and foibles of the human experience, truly reflecting that human experience. He presents a convincing case for a radical rereading of the text, an honest appreciation of this sacred book. An engrossing and excellent work, highly recommended.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Synopsis:

A religious scholar and former evangelical Christian explores the history of the Bible, from the ancient Hebrew scrolls that Jesus read to the big business of Bible publishing today, debunking the myth of the Bible's infallibility and revealing a richer and more authentic way to read it.

Synopsis:

The Bible contains many passages that believers and nonbelievers alike would recognize as appalling theology. Whether these texts are used to discriminate, oppress, or condemn, they distort the truth of Christianity and cast doubt upon the love of God. Now, legendary Episcopal bishop and advocate for liberal Christianity John Shelby Spong addresses these passages, shattering our misconceptions and delivering a new vision of how Christians today can use the Bible.

Synopsis:

In the history of the Western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good. Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible.

Bishop John Shelby Spong boldly approaches those texts that have been used through history to justify the denigration or persecution of others while carrying with them the implied and imposed authority of the claim that they were the Word of God. As he exposes and challenges what he calls the terrible texts of the Bible, laying bare the evil done by these texts in the name of God, he also seeks to redeem these texts, hoping to recover their ultimate depth and purpose. Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, anti-Semitism, treating women as second-class humans, corporal punishment, and environmental degradation, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today. As Spong battles against the way the Bible has been used throughout history, he provides a new framework, introducing people to a proper way to engage this holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

About the Author

John Shelby Spong served the Episcopal Church as a priest and bishop for forty-five years. As a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches throughout North America and the English-speaking world, he is one of the leading spokespersons for an open and engaged Christianity. He has initiated landmark controversial discussions within the church and is an outspoken advocate for change. His twenty-plus books, including The Sins of Scripture, A New Christianity for a New World, and his autobiography Here I Stand have sold over one million copies and have been translated into most of the major languages of the world. He also writes a weekly column for WaterFrontMedia. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Contents 1. The End of the Word as We Know It:

A Personal Introduction   1 Magic 8 Ball Bible   2 The Rise of a Cultural Icon   5 The Way of Salvation   12 So Long, Judas   18 The Course of This Book   21 My Utmost, Revisited   24 2. The Greatest Story Ever Sold   29 Sodom and Gomorrah Equals Love   30 Biblical Consumerism   32 Expectations of Biblical Proportions   36 By Whose Authority?   38 3. Biblical Values   41 Felt Needs   44 Values Added   48 Finding Your Niche   50 Necessary Supplements   54 If Thats What It Means, Why Doesnt It Say So?   58 Manga Bibles   64 A Different Cookie   68 4. Twilight of the Idol   70 The Evangelical Dilemma   70 Selling Out   72 Types Setting   78 Distress Crop   80 Behold Your God   83 5. What Would Jesus Read?   85 Jesus Sings   86 Christianity Before the Bible   96 No Original   102 No Canon   106 Early Christian Network Society   108 6. The Story of the Good Book   111 Remembering Whats Lost   111 Scrolling Down to the Book   113 Scattered Throughout the Whole World   117 After Gutenberg   120 Multiplying the Leaves   129 Lost in Translations   140 Not a Rock but a River   143 7. Library of Questions   146 Mark Twains Drugstore   155 Letting Suffering Speak   160 Trials of God   163 Weak Rope Theory   168 Is the Bible a Failure?   171 Faith in Ambiguity   173 Nothing but a Burning Light   176 The Bible by the Side of the Road   178 8. And I Feel Fine   180 Cracking the Binding   184 Loose Canon   187 Back to the Future   189 Living Conversations   191 Seeds to Go Around   193 Word Without End   196 Acknowledgments   197 Notes   200 Index   226

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060778408
Author:
Spong, John Shelby
Publisher:
HarperOne
Author:
Fox, Elaine
Author:
Beal, Timothy
Author:
by John Shelby Spong
Subject:
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - General
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - General
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Liberalism (Religion) - Episcopal Church
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Subject:
Bible - Biography - General
Subject:
Bible;history;Jesus;Christianity;Judaism;Christ;religion;Bible publishing;nonfic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.02x5.30x.78 in. .56 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by ,
A religious scholar and former evangelical Christian explores the history of the Bible, from the ancient Hebrew scrolls that Jesus read to the big business of Bible publishing today, debunking the myth of the Bible's infallibility and revealing a richer and more authentic way to read it.
"Synopsis" by , The Bible contains many passages that believers and nonbelievers alike would recognize as appalling theology. Whether these texts are used to discriminate, oppress, or condemn, they distort the truth of Christianity and cast doubt upon the love of God. Now, legendary Episcopal bishop and advocate for liberal Christianity John Shelby Spong addresses these passages, shattering our misconceptions and delivering a new vision of how Christians today can use the Bible.
"Synopsis" by , In the history of the Western World, the Bible has been a perpetual source of inspiration and guidance for countless Christians. However, this Bible has also left a trail of pain. It is undeniable that the Bible is not always used for good. Sometimes the Bible can seem overtly evil. Sometimes its texts are terrible.

Bishop John Shelby Spong boldly approaches those texts that have been used through history to justify the denigration or persecution of others while carrying with them the implied and imposed authority of the claim that they were the Word of God. As he exposes and challenges what he calls the terrible texts of the Bible, laying bare the evil done by these texts in the name of God, he also seeks to redeem these texts, hoping to recover their ultimate depth and purpose. Spong looks specifically at texts used to justify homophobia, anti-Semitism, treating women as second-class humans, corporal punishment, and environmental degradation, but he also delivers a new picture of how Christians can use the Bible today. As Spong battles against the way the Bible has been used throughout history, he provides a new framework, introducing people to a proper way to engage this holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

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