Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World

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Harper Collins, Nov 8, 2011 - Religion - 432 pages
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In Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, bishop and social activist John Shelby Spong argues that 200 years of biblical scholarship has been withheld from lay Christians. In this brilliant follow-up to Spong’s previous books Eternal Life and Jesus for the Non-Religious, Spong not only reveals the crucial truths that have long been kept hidden from the public eye, but also explores what the history of the Bible can teach us about reading its stories today and living our lives for tomorrow.

Sarah Sentilles, author of Breaking Up With God: A Love Story, applauds John Shelby Spong’s Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, writing that “pulsing beneath his brilliant, thought-provoking, passionate book is this question: can Christianity survive the education of its believers?…A question Bishop Spong answers with a resounding yes.”

 

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Contents

Preface
Breaking Open the Books of Moses
The Deuteronomic Writers
The Story of Nathan
The Isaiahs I II and III
Daniel
Jonah
Ruth
Resurrection According to Paul
Resurrection Through Jewish Eyes
Romans
The Theology of Paul as Revealed in Romans
Who Is Christ for Paul?
The Elder Paul
PostPauline Epistles
THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

LITURGICAL BOOKS AND WISDOM LITERATURE
The Book of Psalms
Wisdom Literature
Lamentations and Esther
The Chronicler Ezra and Nehemiah
INTRODUCING THE CHRISTIANSCRIPTURES COMMONLY CALLED THE NEW TESTAMENT
A New BeginningAn Old Theme
Dating the Historical Jesus
Dating the New Testament in Relation to the Life of Jesus
The Oral Period
THE FIRST NEW TESTAMENT WRITER
The Witness of Paul
Pauls Secret Thorn
Pauls Early Epistles
The Corinthian Letters
Exploring Mark
Marks Use of Synagogue Worship Patterns
Marks First Narrative of the Crucifixion
Matthew
Matthews Interpretive Secret
Matthew and the Liturgical Year of the Synagogue
Luke
Lukes Vision of Universalism
Acts
Paul and Early Christians as Viewed Through Acts
THE PASTORAL EPISTLES HEBREWS AND
I and II Timothy and Titus
GENERAL EPISTLES
The Gospel of John
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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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