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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2007

    Excellent Book

    What I love about Borg is his ability to make you think about WHY you believe the things you do and recognize that further evaluation is necessary. His writings educate me without threatening my core beliefs. I feel more strongly about my beliefs after reading this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2001

    Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

    This book is aimed at Christians whose belief has grown stale. The author describes a radical new way of looking at Jesus which will appeal to anybody who is sincere in their desire to grow in Christ but feels hopelessly stuck with an unsatisfactory image of Jesus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2001

    So! What's New?......EVERYTHING!!

    This book has wonderfully illuminated the 'journey' I am on in my search for a fuller understanding of God, Christ, and the Christian 'Way'. Clarifying and awesomely inspirational, it has strengthened my faith and blown right out of the water many of the old ways of thinking that held me back in my faith. It makes re-reading the Bible an absolute must,in the light of new discoveries contained in Borg's book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    A New Twist

    In recent years, there has been new interest in the Jesus tradition. Rightfully, this has involved looking at the biblical texts with new eyes, and bringing the best of contemporary scholarship to that task. Borg is one of the best exponents of this new movement. In this book, Borg not only displays astute analytical skills, but he is also able to present a fresh and engaging interpretation of the subversive Jesus. This is a great book for searchers, jaded Christians and open-minded agnostics. Beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    don't expect faith

    The writer seems to want to discredit Jesus for who Christians believe him to be. Borg is all over the intellect of Jesus but is missing the spiritual faith. He refers to Jesus as a mystic and put him in the company of many other spiritual people having vision quest and altered states of reality all the while believing Jesus Himself one day had a conversion to become religeous. Jesus isn't 'one of those people' or even being put in a class of mortals who 'share a compelling sense of having experienced something'. He's Jesus, where's your faith. Luckily he ran into John The Baptiser. Wow, what a coincidence. The book is peppered with terms like 'historically reliable', 'fanciful tales' and 'in all likelihood'. Anyone could argue that 'it seems more likely' that Jesus all night Prayer was more like ' a form of contemplation'. Don't think I'm not getting the book. I get it. In the end your paintbrush stains the canvas with opinions of Jesus only being a smart public speaker with a religious conversion. Otherwise, the rest of the book is decent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2001

    Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

    One of the most interesting facets of MEETING JESUS AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME is the author's treatment of the historical Jesus. Borg believes that the images of Jesus in the synoptic gospels are very different from that presented in the Gospel of John. Since John's Gospel was written at a much later date, he argues that the Johannine image of Jesus is nonhistorical. For the development of the historical Jesus Borg relies on the early layers of Matthew, Mark and Luke as well as the Gospel of Thomas which was discovered in Egypt in 1945. There is much more to this book than just a discussion of the historical Jesus. However, for anybody seeking a highly readable introduction to the subject, Borg's description in the second chapter of his own quest for the historical Jesus will be very useful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2001

    Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

    Much of Borg's book is based on the author's conception of the historical Jesus. According to Borg, Jesus was a cosmopolitan Jew who did not intend to start a new religion. He had a profound religious experience and at some point became associated with John The Baptist. Jesus started his own ministry after John went to prison. The message of Jesus was God-centered and He probably did not think of Himself as the Messiah. Jesus was one of many mediators of the Sacred. Instead of learning and believing certain facts about Jesus, the author views the Christian life to be a journey with the Spirit of Christ towards a deepening and transforming relationship with God. Borg asserts that the gospels were written for Jews and Gentiles in the wider Mediterranean world. They reflect the developing tradition of early Christianity and are not eyewitness accounts. This book will appeal to Christians who are struggling with their faith and looking for a fresh image of Jesus. For those who are firmly rooted in any of the many Christian sects, Borg's book can only promise to be unsettling.

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