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.
I used this book to compliment his basic book, Reading the Bible Again For the First Time.
An interesting new way to explore the New Testament writings. I have found it challenging , but informative..Published 9 days ago by Norma Gene Bruce
I liked the historical aspect presented. The book enables a common sense perspective and does not promote unhealthy literalism that we see too frequently in today's world.Published 12 days ago by Jane W.
i love this book (i really do) - or this version of the new testament i should say. the books in the order (as best scholars can determine - some wiggle room with the exact order... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bruce Waymack
Marcus Borg does an admirable job with the original teaching of the Bible. This large book, Recommended to a fan if reading this translation for the first time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gary Reiner
will be using this as an adult Bible study. Love the way Borg states his case but also gives the other interpretations as well.Published 2 months ago by Diane Perrine Coon
Only recently did I discover this version of the New Testament. I've been a fan and follower of Marcus Borg's for several years, and like many others, am presently both in mourning... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Ratliff
I have not finished reading this book as yet, but have read several works by this author. It is designed for those who are no longer satisfied with what they learned in Sunday... Read morePublished 4 months ago by william jeffrey