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Jesus: A New Vision: Spirit, Culture, and the Life of Discipleship Paperback – May 10, 1991
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"Borg pours a lifetime of scholarship into this provocative overview of Jesuss life." -- Detriot Free Press
"Jesus: A New Vision not only helps us recover how Jesus appeared to his contemporariesas a God-intoxicated manbut also helps us gain a fresh perspective on understanding Jesus' significance for our times." -- Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University, author of Against the Nations
"A scholar who is alive in wonder and belief, Borg accomplishes the hardest task of all: he looks at the obvious and helps us to see it as if for the first time. " -- Eugene H. Peterson, author of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Working the Angles, and Reversed Thunder
"Borg's new book distills a wealth of scholarship into a readily accessible form, and demonstrates that the study of the historical Jesus is still highly relevant to the contemporary church and world. He makes the bold attempt to integrate serious study of the historical Jesus with the study of religion in general. The result is an exciting treatment that continually jolts the reader into seeing well-known themes in fresh, sometimes startling light. Borg has issued an important challenge both to mainline scholarship and popular piety." -- N. Thomas Wright, Worcester College, Oxford University
"Is it possible in our secular age to restore Jesus to the decisive place that Christians for 2,000 years have accorded him? In Jesus: A New Vision, Marcus Borg does it. Without bypassing New Testament scholarship at any point, this breakthrough book restores to Jesus the Spiritin the full-blooded, ontological sense of that wordthat scholarship has so largely drained him of. Point by point Borg shows how Jesus' empowering relation with God issued in a social program that is as relevant to today's world as to the one in which he lived. This is the book about Jesus I have been waiting for my entire career." -- Huston Smith, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus, Syracuse University, author of The Religions of Man and Forgotten Truth
About the Author
Marcus J. Borg is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and author of many books, including Jesus: A New Vision and Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.
N. T. Wright is Canon of Westminster Cathedral, London, and visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School. His many works include The Original Jesus and Jesus and the Victory of God.
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The first Borg book I read was "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time," originally published in 1994 -- a book that covers almost the identical terrain as "Jesus, A New Vision."
It's important to realize, if you haven't read Borg before, that his books are based on mainstream biblical scholarship that is taught in seminaries of mainstream churches. He is not a radical, far-out religious liberal trying to undermine contemporary and/or traditional Christian theology.
To provide some idea of Borg's scholarship. This book's "Introduction - Clearing the Ground: Two Images of Jesus" extends a little over sixteen pages, the "Introduction's" Annotated End Notes (Footnotes) covers five pages, and should be carefully studied by those who may be particularly upset by some of the author's ideas.
The book is divided into two parts. Part One, Chapters 2-4, discuss Jesus and the Spirit, or Jesus and God. Part Two, Chapters 5-10, discussing Jesus and Culture; with the focus on the culture of the first century. Chapter 10, the author's conclusion is entitled, "The New Vision of Jesus: His Significance for Our Time." Borg's observations and conclusions are thoroughly documented. It seems difficult to imagine anyone quarreling with his conclusions.
I'm somewhat shocked that until learning about Borg in a newspaper article (last fall) announcing a local speaking engagement by Dr. Borg, which I attended, I had never heard of him. Again please note; this book was published in 1987, fourteen years ago. His writings and views have not been featured in either the mainstream press I've been reading and/or by clergy in the Protestant churches I've attended.
Also, I'm equally mystified as to why the electronic media have not done features on Borg and his views. With so much "air-time" to fill, why haven't they covered Borg? Fear? Fear of what?
This and other Borg titles are extremely easy to read, even for readers with a minimum of background in either the Hebrew Old Testament, or the Christian New Testament.
Borg's views are the most plausible, rationale approach to the historical Jesus of fact, faith and experience I've ever encountered. I consider this book to be a blessing and I urge every thinking Christian to read it and other writings by Dr. Borg.