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The Emerging Paradigm's Jesus,
This review is from: Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (Hardcover)
In Marcus J. Borg's most recent book, Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary, we are presented with a through and comprehensive version of Jesus from the emerging paradigm that views the Bible through a historical-metaphorical lens. According to Borg, the story of Jesus is not about the popular notions of sin, salvation, and the afterlife; it is more transforming than this, more revolutionary, and more enlightening. In Jesus, He argues that Jesus was a Jewish mystic who was intoxicated with and close to God. This Jewish mystic did not follow the status quo of conventional practice and thought, but rather used subversive wisdom to teach the way or path which resulted in a new way of being. This path was the way, and it was about centering oneself in God and God's passion. Jesus's passion led him to critique the domination system of his day through non-violent resistance and indictments of injustice.
This book is clear and concise. The chaper layout is well done. Borg examines the historical context in which Jesus lived and then goes on to study the character and sayings attributed to Jesus. Borg's treatment of Jesus's passion for justice, and God's character is wonderful. He assumes nothing and uses evidence to back up claims. He supports his position through exposition of stories and parables attributed to Jesus. This is a great work that will make you think deeper about Jesus.