Reading The Bible Again For The First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally by Marcus J. BorgReading The Bible Again For The First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally by Marcus J. Borg

Reading The Bible Again For The First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally

byMarcus J. Borg

Paperback | April 7, 2015

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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.

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom theNew York Timesdescribed 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...
Title:Reading The Bible Again For The First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not LiterallyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060609192

ISBN - 13:9780060609191


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Liberal Book that Challenges This is a great LIBERAL Christian book. Some of the opinions are eye-opening and would be considered blasphemous by a traditional Christian viewpoint. If you believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible and that it is 100% infallible you will not agree with much of Marcus Borg's work. I grew up believing in the traditional Bible but the violence and some of the conflicting messages can be hard to grasp and understand. As I've read more about the Old Testament including things like the Documentary Hypothesis, and the interpretations of the New Testament these books can clarify and answer some things but other questions and doubts still creep up to replace others. Unfortunately there is no book out there that can answer all our questions but this is a book that can answer some. I don't agree with everything that Marcus Borg believes. He personally allows for Jesus to actually perform some miracles (like healing the blind) but dismisses the idea of nature miracles or raising people from the dead. He also dismisses the notion of the empty tomb but allows for visions of Jesus. He struggles to understand how God could only intervene where evil exists once in awhile so he maintains God never intervenes in our world because it would open up too many other difficult questions like why him and not me? Certainly tough questions but these are his interpretations and not everyone's. But Marcus Borg's explanation of violence in the Bible, his opinion that the writers of the Bible were human and are not perfect (and so neither is the Bible) in their predictions and why they write certain things are valuable. He covers the Bible and explains many of the books very well. His writing style itself is excellent and easy to read. He does not promote a Christian exclusive world but one in which Christian can peacefully co-exist with the other world religions. He promotes the similarities between us and not the differences. He is against a hell and brimstone approach that if you are not Christian you are destined to hell. He finds that theory offensive and wrong. I would recommend anyone that is reading this book to be open-minded and more informed on biblical scholarship. If you are not educated on biblical scholarship and/or view the Bible as 100% innerrant than I cannot recommend this book to you. I can shake your faith in areas but those areas can rebuild stronger. You do not have to accept all of his conclusions but it will be an eye opener for those ready to read with an open mind. If you want a more traditional view of the Bible read his friend Tom Wright's books as they are good as well. One further criticism, I dislike how he stuffs so much info in the footnotes. Too much especially since some of it is very interesting and should be in the book for all to see imo. Even though I don't always agree with Marcus I still give the book 5 stars because of how enlightening much of it is. Just because I don't agree with all his views doesn't mean I need to knock the rating down.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superb antidote to literalism I read this over a year ago now, but neglected to review it at the time. Suffice it to say it is so readable, engaging and yet scholarly that I have gone on to read several more of Borg's books since then.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Look Over The Fence Hi As an evangelical and graduate of 2 of their bible colleges, I am fully aware of the fear and reluctance to look at anything beyond our standard phrases, domesticated western format and conventions. To me, this book is worth a serious read, if nothing else to see what those on the other side are saying. When we hear and listen to the non biblical, illogical , politicized nonsense passed off for the fundamental gospel these days, it is no wonder these books are selling. I like the break down of the bible into it's main components -Foundations, Hebrew Bible and New Testament,it's comments on the historical context and focus on the actual meaning of many of the common words used in churches today.I like his focus on the "prophetic theology" and our role today vs the conventional that supports the political power in office. Even his footnotes are worth a glance, as well as his final comments. Do I agree with all_NO, but to those mentally and biblically frozen in their fundamentalism, it is time to take a peak and learn.
Date published: 2010-04-05

Editorial Reviews

“This welcome book removes many of the barriers that separate thoughtful people from the wisdom of the Bible.”