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Scholar, author and bishop, John Shelby Spong was born in 1931 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1952 and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1955 from the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia. That seminary and show more St. Paul's College have both conferred on him honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. Ordained in 1955, he is now bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Newark, New Jersey. As the most-published member of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States, Spong is the author of 14 books and more than 90 articles, including Honest Prayer (1973), Dialogue ? In Search of Jewish-Christian Umderstanding (1975), The Living Commandments (1977), Into the Whirlwind: The Future of the Church (1983), Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality (1988), Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture (1991), and Resurrection: Myth or Reality? (1994). With an active interest in football, basketball and baseball, Bishop Spong was at one time a play-by-play announcer for radio stations in Tarboro, North Carolina, and Lynchburg, Virginia. In addition, he served as sports editor for The Daily Southerner in Tarboro. Bishop Spong resides in Morristown, New Jersey. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by John Shelby Spong

Jesus for the Non Religious (2007) — Author — 511 copies
This Hebrew Lord (1974) 286 copies
The Easter Moment (1980) 64 copies
The Once and Future Jesus (2000) 45 copies
Honest prayer (1972) 38 copies
The Living Commandments (1977) 19 copies
Christpower (2007) 5 copies
The Birth of Jesus (1600) 5 copies

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What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality (1994) — Foreword — 558 copies
Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation (1991) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Once & Future Faith (2001) 32 copies

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"The key to understanding [the Resurrection] . . . is recognizing that the Early Christians were Jewish by background and deeply shaped by their formative Jewish traditions. With a close comparison of the New Testament witness to antecedents in the Hebrew scriptures, Spong argues convincingly that many of the details of Jesus' life and his crucifixion are not historical, but derive instead from the Jewish tradition of Midrash, expository teachings that employ the retelling of sacred stories from the Jewish past in order to understand the powerful experience of God in the Jewish present." from book jacket… (more)
 
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interpretation of Jesus
 
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texts of hate to reveal God;s love
 
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SrMaryLea | 6 other reviews | Aug 23, 2023 |
Is it possible for a person living today to believe that at a particular moment in 2000 years ago Jesus of Nazareth broke the power of death? Can one assert today, with any hope of credibility, that there is life after death? John Shelby Spong, in this his 6th book, answers a resounding yes to all these questions.
 
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