Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks this Meaning of Script

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Religion - 288 pages

By popular demand—study guides to two of Bishop John Shelby Spong's bestselling and controversial works, including questions, reflections, and summaries for group and individual use.

 

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Contents

A Preamble Sex Drove Me to the Bible
2
Raising the Issues
14
The PreScientific Assumptions of the Bible
26
The Formation of the Sacred Story
38
Prophets Psalms Proverbs and Protest
58
Forming the Second Covenant
78
The Man from Tarsus
92
Christ Resurrection Grace The Gospel of Paul
108
Matthew The Story of Jesus from a Hebrew Perspective
148
Luke The Story of Jesus from a Gentile Perspective
168
The Fourth Gospel In the BeginningI Am
186
Christmas and Easter Ultimate Truth and Literal Nonsense
210
Who Is Christ for Us?
228
Epilogue
246
Notes
252
Bibliography
256

Mark Beyond Mythology to Reality
130

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John Shelby Spong, the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at more than 500 other universities all over the world. His books, which have sold well over a million copies, include Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?; Why Christianity Must Change or Die; and his autobiography, Here I Stand. He writes a weekly column on the web that reaches thousands of people all over the world. To join his online audience, go to www.JohnShelbySpong.com. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.

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