Born of a Woman

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Religion - 272 pages
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John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and Episcopal bishop of Newark, NJ, challenges the doctrine of the virgin birth, tracing its development in the early Christian church and revealing its legacy in our contemporary attitudes toward women and female sexuality.
 

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Born of a woman: a bishop rethinks the birth of Jesus

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Spong, an Episcopal bishop and best-selling author ( Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism , HarperSanFrancisco: HarperCollins, 1991), provides a courageous look at the biblical stories of the birth ... Read full review

Contents

Escaping Biblical Literalism
1
Approaching the Story Through Midrash
15
Born of a WomanPauls Witness
23
From the Scandal of the Cross
29
The Development of the Birth Tradition
43
Matthews Story Part I
61
Matthews Story Part II
83
Behind LukeAn Original Pageant?
99
Lukes Story Part II
137
Birth Hints from Mark and John
161
Facing the Implications of Scripture
173
Suppose Jesus Were Married
187
The Cost of the Virgin Myth
201
Notes
225
Bibliography
233
Index
239

Lukes Story Part I
113

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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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