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Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
From top Jesus expert Marcus Borg, a completely updated and revised version of his vision of Jesus—as charismatic healer, sage, and prophet, a man living in the power of the spirit and dedicated to radical social change.
Fully revised and updated, this is Borg's major book on the historial Jesus. He shows how the Gospel portraits of Jesus, historically seen, make sense. Bo...more
My beliefs still line up more with Wright's then with Borg's. Yet Borg gives a vision of Jesus and his ministry that is compelling. I found a lot of goo ...more
This is precisely what I'm dismayed (to borrow a word from Borg, which is nicer than the one I would have used had I written that sentence) about, too. I can't really call myself a Christian at this point in my life, but I attended ...more
In a TV interview Borg was apparently asked to answer the question “What was Jesus like” in a minute and 15 seconds. His answer: “Jesus was from the peasant class. Clearly, he was brilliant. His use of language was remarkable and poetic, filled with images and sto ...more
In previous books, Marcus Borg has stated the importance of placing Jesus within his historical framework, and has emphasized the distinction between pre- and post-Easter conceptions of Jesus. In this newest book, Borg actually gives that elusive history and background. His entire presentation seems much more polished than in any of his previous books, and he provides the most comprehensive alternative picture of Jesus I've seen. Not merely a vehicle for Borg's politics, the Jesus Borg pictures ...more
This is the sort of comprehensive book on the life and meaning of Jesus that I had been hoping to find. Those who tell us that the purpose of Christ's life was simply to serve as a human sacrifice for the sins of mankind do not appreciate just what a remarkable person the living, breathing Yeshua Ben Yosef Was - how radical his vision for the world. I think the world still isn't fully ready for Jesus's message. In the Kingdom of God, there are no rich or poor people. There are no wars. There are ...more
Actually I have really enjoyed reading a very large part of this work. So Borg becomes the second Christian writer, after Elaine Pagels that I can read and mostly agree with. Once Borg gets stuck into The Gospels the book takes off, with his study of the historical Jesu ...more
In the first chapter, Borg describes the large footprint of Christianity in American in general and the ...more
This book is powerful! This book is a bridge to a new emerging paradigm made of people who are questioning the strict literalism and exclusivism of the modern Christian Church. This book takes a new look at who the person of Jesus was in history, what he taught, wha ...more
Of course, as ...more
My only (mild) complaints: the book is a bit too long and Borg verges on jargony at times. It is a very intellectual book, and I don't want to belittle Borg's attempt to use very precise language. Still, there were many times when I would have loved to have a chance to simplify and edit his language a little bit. In m ...more
I love his explanation of "For God so loved the world...". Not just the Christians, or the Americans, or the white people, or the people, but the whole world, all of it! And we see through Marcus Borg's interpre ...more
Can't recommend it enough to anyone who wants to know Jesus better.