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Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith Paperback – April 7, 2015
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Borg challenges this reaction. He writes with a sensitivity, honesty and spirituality that is much to be admired. Like so many others, he found traditional and conservative beliefs about Jesus unsatisfying in early adulthood. His personal hold on traditional Christian beliefs waned as he embraced a modern worldview and liberal religious scholarship. He became a closet agnostic, then a closet atheist. Yet, Borg was somehow drawn to always keep searching. This book is a record of his search; a moving description of Truth as Borg has found it; a very personal answer to the question, "Who is this Jesus?"
His essential premise involves the importance, even primacy, of our personal image of Jesus. Is Jesus the savior who requires faith? Or, is Jesus a great teacher of moral ideals? Borg rejects both in chapter one. Borg imagines Jesus as one to whom spirit, and the experience of spirit, was foundational. Accordingly, Borg does not understand the Christian life to be "about believing or about being good .... It is about a relationship with God that involves us in a journey of transformation."
Reconstructing the pre-Easter life of Jesus with historical criticism, Borg explains that Jesus was a spirit person (chapter two), a social prophet and movement founder (chapter three), and a teacher of wisdom (chapter four).Read more ›
I first read the Bible cover-to-cover on my own as a youngster. This was probably not a good thing, as I mostly came away with an impression of an Angry God. And I certainly was in no position to understand at the tender age of 11 the cultural background of the world of the Hebrews or Jesus.
The trouble is that in some ways reading about the life of Christ is a bit like reading a mystery. Sure you can read the book again, but you already know whodunit the next time you go back to it, and having that knowledge changes the way you see things from then on. "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time" has clarified for me the difference between pre-Easter and post-Easter Jesus. Before this when I reread the Gospels and looked over what Jesus said or did prior to his death and resurrection, I looked at it as though He was the post-Easter Godly Jesus the entire time, that He was always God right from the get-go. Now I am looking at Him more in the sense of His humanity as it was recorded in the first 3 gospels. When I stop to think about it, I expect He was a pretty normal kid, and I am not sure that He really saw Himself as God as that point waiting around to be worshipped. Rather I do think He was very much a man constantly in touch with His Father, so I am giving more consideration to the example He set where he showed me how to live and how to be in touch with the Father all the time. (Or at least try to be.Read more ›
Borg's message is simple - we see in Jesus a model of a relationship with the divine and eternal that we call God. Through our understanding of Jesus, we can enter into a relationship with that eternal.
To understand Borg's book, you must be willing to ask real questions about not only the bible, but about God and Jesus; if you refuse to abandon the belief that the Bible is literal and inerrant truth, you will hate this book.
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This was my first by Marcus Borg. Coming from conservative evangelicalism, I must say, I may have suffered from heart palpitations a few times. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Benjamin H
In his Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg, a member of the Jesus Seminar, tells us rather candidly about his religious doubts. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Ron Snyder
This book gave me a new perspective on Jesus. I can now see Jesus in a much more expansive way. The stories we are told as children are concrete and do just fine we all we can... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
An excellent book for anyone interested in a down to earth author who shares his personal experiences with the latest scholarly information about Jesus and the history of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gerard Pisani Jr.
Gave me hope that it's possible to bea thinking person, a questioning person and a Christian at the same time ;)Published 2 months ago by daver
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A coherent presentation by a scholar/Christian explaining how he regards Jesus, which makes a lot of sense to thinking people and provides the desired antidote to the simplistic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer