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by Marcus J. Borg (Author)

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Title:Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally
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Really made me think! Very interesting ideas. Learned a lot of history as well. ( )
  bribre01 | May 6, 2018 |
"A thinking person's guide to the Bible"
  SABC | Jul 29, 2017 |
From the publisher:

Many inside and outside organized religion are searching for an enlightened, contemporary way to be believers and so appreciate the profound richness of the Bible. In this groundbreaking work, leading biblical expert Marcus Bord offers a bold new understanding of scripture that respects both tradition and reality, blending the best of biblical scholarship with a profound concern for authentic faith and how it can be lived today.
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  St-Johns-Episcopal | Jun 17, 2017 |
This book is a breath of fresh air and shows how the Bible can be read productively and with great spiritual insight, without being bound in the straight-jacket of literalism. There are many portions of the Bible which are obviously not intended to be taken literally, even though many Christians insist on doing so. Borg's primary premise is that the Bible was written by humans, not by God, in the direct sense that many Christians assume. This does not mean that the some parts of the Bible are therefore "correct" and others are not, but rather that the Bible must be read differently. Also, recognizing that some events are fully embedded in the cultures at the time the stories were written, means not that God was different then, but that people of those times saw God differently. I highly recommend Borg's "historical-metaphorical" approach to reading the Bible. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
Marcus Borg presents the historical, scholarly background of various books of the Bible like other authors I've read--Etienne Charpentier and Raymond Brown. He tells of the various voices found in the Bible and how they can be used as a "lens for seeing life with God." The use of metaphors is explained. By showing how some parts having meaning as metaphor instead of actual fact, Borg made some things less confusing so that I could see the God I've come to know in them.

The areas covered are the Pentateuch, Prophets, Wisdom, Gospels, Paul's writing, and Revelation. The book has a refreshing look at each of these.

In the Epilogue he says, "...at the core of the biblical vision of life with God: a sacred Mystery at the center of life, with whom we are to be in a conscious relationship and who is passionate about the well-being of the whole creation. We are called to participate in the passion of God." ( )
  ajlewis2 | Feb 24, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060609192, Paperback)

Reading the Bible Again for the First Time is Marcus Borg's follow-up to Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. Like his earlier book, this one is written for lay people whose faith has been frustrated by their misapprehension that fundamentalism's claim to be the one true faith is valid. Borg, a professor of religion at Oregon State University, describes an alternative to fundamentalists' so-called "literal" readings of scripture. (He believes that such "literal-factual" readings do not live up to that description, and that the limitations of such readings have alienated many people who would otherwise remain part of the church.) Borg calls his alternative "historical-metaphorical" reading, a way of "taking the Bible seriously without taking it literally." Reading the Bible begins with a history of recent conflicts regarding biblical interpretation. Borg navigates the minefields of his subject with sensitivity and precision, explaining, for example, the important distinction between evangelical and fundamentalist readings of the Bible. He then offers historical-metaphorical readings of some key texts from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Throughout, Borg writes with calm assurance and respect for those who would disagree with him. Reading the Bible is a credible guide to the project it names. It is a faithful exercise of reason, undertaken to help Christians hear more clearly the many voices recorded in the Bible. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Urges readers to embrace both science and faith, using Old and New Testament texts to show how this is possible, and explaining how such stories serve as a vital teaching tool for exploring one's relationship with God and Jesus.

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