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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User Review  - Sharon Jones - Goodreads

Excellent book. Enlightening and educational. The work of the Church to establish what they feel are "facts" to keep people in their power and women especially. My hat is off to Bishop Spong for this eye-opening book. Read full review

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User Review  - Patti Sheehy - Goodreads

Born of a Woman provides readers with exceptional insight into how the Virgin narrative has affected women over the centuries. This is a very important and provocative book. Patti Sheehy, author The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom 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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About the author (2009)

John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal (Anglican) bishop of Newark for twenty-four years. Since then he has taught at Harvard, Drew, the University of the Pacific, and the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. Selling over a million copies, his books include The Sins of Scripture, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, and his autobiography, Here I Stand. His weekly online column reaches thousands of subscribers all over the world. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

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