This is the first book of Borg's I've read, and promptly ordered three more before I even finished. After a close reading of the Book of Amos and its overt message of socia Borg was born into a Lutheran family of Swedish and Norwegian descent, the youngest of four children. His account felt real and demonstrated good self-awareness and I empathised with him. Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. A fresh interpretation of the historical Jesus, written for a general audience by a leading Biblical scholar. Jesus used them to invite his hearers to see something they might not otherwise see. People who have such experiences are found across cultures and times.
I'm not a Christian, but I can sympathize with that vision of God. 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. Too technical for me to have much patience for it. Marcus tries desperately to get us to gullibly accept that Jesus agrees with Borg about this Sophia nonsense. The discussion of Sophia makes me look at the Proverbs 31 woman very differently, just as a start. I'm now familiar with the work of the Jesus Seminar and Borg and can appreciate much of their contributions, while still not coming to some of the conclusions they do. And I do agree that we need to be more like Jesus and the way he lived, using him as an example for our lives.
This book is a superb introduction to an important current in modern Christology. 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. Meeting that Jesus—the living one who comes to us even now—will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time. Even Christianity, as a general movement, has reverted over time to doing the very things the Jewish system of Jesus' time was guilty of, providing us with much food for thought going forward, especially for those feeling alienated and wondering where we might go from here. Marcus Borg gives me a way to perfectly integrate Jesus into my spirituality, as well as my work as an interfaith minister. Therefore, Jesus never rose from the dead, nor did He appear before others after his death. And Jesus was therefore not the Son of God the Father, but the Mother.
Jesus as the divine savior who knew himself to be the Son of God and who offered up his life for the sins of the world--was not historically true. Then I notice the places, or institutions these people are supported by, and remind myself to generally mock them. The notion that God's only son came to this planet to offer his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, and that God could not forgive us without that having happened, and that we are saved by believing this story, is simply incredible. As I read this book, everything made sense. It is an image of the Christian life not primarily as believing or being good but as a relationship with God.
Borg brings out three main story narratives in the Bible, which originate with the experiences of the Hebrews but extend to have meaning for everyone in every time: 1 The Exodus story is saying that the human condition is bondage to what? He is trying very hard to convey information and sometimes he does. And found a home in a mainline church. This biblical scholar simply states a theory about what it means to be Christian. Only a few of its many group members could lay claim to that description. There was passion in his language. But at least we've learned something earthshaking: Jesus was a holy man! They are no friend to Biblical Christianity. But he is so determined to make Jesus politically correct that logic goes out the window.
I've had a decade and a half of estrangement from the religion of my youth Christianity , with fits and starts of making peace with it and attempting to integrate it into my current spirituality and worldview. Among some Christians, it is seen as an essential doctrinal element in the Christian belief system. The only real question is: Why does Borg claim to be a Christian or Jesus' follower at all? And focusing on the message of compassion, on love, rather than searching the skies looking for the Son of Man returning on a cloud of glory, might actually further the kingdom of God - here and now. It was this very purity system of the Jews which led to social injustice, and which Jesus found most constricting. We as Christians participate in the only major religious tradition whose founder was executed by established authority. They take on pointed meaning when we see them in the context of social criticism of a peasant society.
How then will you understand all the parables? Believing, therefore, does not consist of giving one's mental assent to something, but involves a much deeper level of one's self. Borg is literally bone headed stupid. What I probably liked even more was how well the work is cited throughout, providing This book proved very helpful in gaining a different understanding of Jesus from a scholarly point-of-view versus the typical mainstream beliefs. Rather, he was a spirit person, subversive sage, social prophet, and movement founder who invited his followers and hearers into a transforming relationship with the same Spirit that he himself knew, and into a community whose social vision was shaped by the core value of compassion. Wisdom of God, personified in the literature of both the Old and New Testaments, and made flesh in Jesus himself. Since finishing this book, I've been only half jokingly referring to myself as a Borgian Christian. His ideas about compassion and community ring a gong in my mind and heart.
He went to college, I believe at a Lutheran school. But if you want a deeper understanding of what and who Jesus was - this is an excellent book to start with. Sophia is a female image for God. This book really lays out the purity system and what it meant to those who lived during its cultural dominance. It doesn't undermine Christianity, but it makes it believable.
Even though I was near the end of the book, after this chapter and after the preceding showcases of utter ignorance and stupidity, I decided not to finish the last few pages of the book. I especially appreciated Borg's discussion on translations, offering an improved way of grasping the original Hebrew language set in the context of the times, and also his breakdown of the 3 macro-stories of the bible: the Exodus, the Exile, and the priestly narrative. I am sure Marcus J. Just blasted through the last third tonight. The non-sense begins with the whole notion of needing to frame Jesus to make him palatable for our liberal, postmodern, science-driven culture. Elaine Pagels would explain the politics in the choice the translators made of a certain word over another I especially like the section on the wisdom of God which is the feminine word Sophia. I find his grasp of the history of Christianity via many sources to be illuminating.
Both said that it frames Jesus in a way that makes sense to them. Chances are - God put this in the Bible just for liberal butt-heads to swoon over in the 21st century. Moreover, this book also made many gospel stories more understandble by laying out just what was going on within society at that point in time. As predicted I'm much more comfortable with the former than the latter. Marcus Borg is a heretic - he denies the orthodox doctrines of the virgin birth, the divinity of Christ, etc. In this book is a Christianity for the 21st century and a Jesus who can be embraced by everyone.