Everyone knows the New Testament begins with the Gospel of Matthew, but how many know Matthew was actually one of the later books to be written? (It wasn't even the first Gospel!) But Evolution of the Word is not your typical New Testament.
Marcus J. Borg, esteemed Bible scholar and bestselling author, shakes up the order of the New Testament as we know it by putting the books in a completely new order—the order in which they were written. By doing so, Evolution of the Word allows us to read these documents in their historical context. For the first time, see how the core ideas of Christianity took shape and developed over time.
Borg surveys what we know of the Jewish community of Jesus followers who passed on their stories orally. Into this context emerges the apostle Paul, whose seven authentic letters become the first collected writings that would later become the New Testament. Borg offers helpful introductions for each book so that as we read through these biblical documents, spanning over a century in time, we see afresh what concerns and pressures shaped this movement as it evolved into a new religion.
In this groundbreaking format, Borg reveals how a radical and primitive apocalyptic Jewish faith slowly became more comfortable with the world, less Jewish, and more pre- occupied with maintaining power and control. Evolution of the Word promises to change forever how we think about this historic work.
I highly recommend this book for any layperson who is serious about Bible study.
Evolution Of The Word is unique in that Borg rearranges the books of the New Testament in the chronological order he believes they were written.
Borg writes a very interesting book from a chronological perspective that makes one think and that is a good thing.
This contains historical context and other meaning to the New Testament books and then a copy of that document. These are in the order they were written. Very interesting. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Swami
An outstanding and informative look into the origins and meaning of the New Testament.Published 11 days ago by Columbus, OH
In Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written (HarperOne, New York, 2012), scholar Marcus J. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacob Prahlow
The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is that I think there should be specific comments on many of the individual verses, and there aren't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sara E. Kuhn
A significant addition to my library and appreciate its arrival in good shape.Published 1 month ago by Rkellerhouse
I used this book for a Bible study, reading the books of the Bible in their approximately chronological order of composition. Read morePublished 2 months ago by robosnake
It is curious how this author can make a comment such as (paraphrased) Jesus probably didn't say that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by john