Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally


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5.4 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Times described as a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars. He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.


"Provides many excellent metaphorical readings of biblical accounts, which unify the Bible's stories."--Library Journal
"[T]akes the Bible back from the specialists...nothing short of a blessing, even a miracle!"--Peter J. Gomes, author of The Good Book: Reading the Bible With Heart and Mind
"This welcome book removes many of the barriers that separate thoughtful people from the wisdom of the Bible."--Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"[A]n accessible book, almost entirely devoid of scholarly jargon but filled with scholarly insight."--Christian Century
"Borg... has a knack for clarifying difficult theological issues and writing in a pensive style that is extremely accessible to Christian laity and seekers of all stripes. Almost single-handedly, he opened up new avenues of thought for lapsed or nonbelievers interested in re-visioning the Christianity of their childhood."--Spirituality and Practice
"Borg writes passionately about the enduring values of the Bible. The engaging historical details he includes make familiar stories read like new. Whether you read the Bible religiously or rarely, this book is thought-provoking."--Christian Science Monitor
"A highly readable and succinct introduction to biblical criticism."--Publishers Weekly
"Borg's analysis is profound, challenging and engrossing; it will enable readers to use scripture creatively once again and truly make it a bridge for the divine."--Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God