The Fourth Gospel: Tales Of A Jewish Mystic: Tales Of A Jewish Mystic by John Shelby SpongThe Fourth Gospel: Tales Of A Jewish Mystic: Tales Of A Jewish Mystic by John Shelby Spong

The Fourth Gospel: Tales Of A Jewish Mystic: Tales Of A Jewish Mystic

byJohn Shelby Spong

Hardcover | June 11, 2013

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John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, scholarly and authentic Christianity, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literary, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple." The Fourth Gospel was designed first to place Jesus into the context of the Jewish scriptures, then to place him into the worship patterns of the synagogue and finally to allow him to be viewed through the lens of a popular form of first-century Jewish mysticism.

The result of this intriguing study is not only to recapture the original message of this gospel, but also to provide us today with a radical new dimension to the claim that in the humanity of Jesus the reality of God has been met and engaged.

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John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal (Anglican) bishop of Newark for twenty-four years. Since then he has taught at Harvard, Drew, the University of the Pacific, and the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. Selling over a million copies, his books includeThe Sins of Scripture,Eternal Life: A New Vision,Jesus for the Non-Religious,Why Ch...

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Title:The Fourth Gospel: Tales Of A Jewish Mystic: Tales Of A Jewish MysticFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.17 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062011308

ISBN - 13:9780062011305

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“In his 24th book, The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic, the always provocative Bishop John Shelby Spong takes on the Gospel of John, opening new windows of insight and challenging the ways the fourth gospel has usually been understood.”