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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.
Outstanding presentation. Wealth of information through “more realistic” presentation of scripture. The material is presented coherently, in a manner that is understandable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reading the New Testament in the order the documents were written is a very worthwhile exercise. It makes it much easier to see how the message evolved over time and it put the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Danny R. Bosley
I'm still reading this book, but I will say I love the short but insightful modern biblical scholarship contained in the introductions to each chapter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Connor
MY FAVORITE OF THE BORG BOOKS! AS ALWAYS THE IMPECCABLE RESEARCH IS EVIDENT THROUGHOUT AND THE STRUCTURE MAKES FOR VERY INTERESTING READING, WITH AMPLE CLARITY -- AND... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barbara Hajek
Not as comprehensive a discussion as I was looking for, but certainly interesting. A good primer for those beginning their study from a more secular viewpoint.Published 6 months ago by sheltco