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The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic
     

The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

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by John Shelby Spong
 

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Rescuing John's Gospel from Its Creedal Captivity

John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, scholarly, and authentic Christianity, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literacy, interpretive

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The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several works by the author, and this one continues to give insight into the authentic Christianity that the author has been advocating for decades now. The form of Christianity espoused in this book, like in many other works by this author, maybe hard to swallow for some, but to me, it rings true. I was a little apprehensive about the content because of the title, but I'm glad I decided to add this book to my collection. It was a fast read for me, and like his other books, mind-blowing in its revelations. It actually made me want to go back and read the Gospel of John again, now being able to see the story of Jesus in a brand new light.
GrandpaGuy More than 1 year ago
In this book (probably Bishop Spong's last), we see a challenging interpretation of the fourth gospel (according to john). The author claims that the primary characters in the gospel are invented to tell a story, to illustrate the meaning of the life of Jesus. That concept is a challenge to literalists, and confounding to non-Christians. This book, by one of my favorite authors, gave me a new understanding of an important book in the Bible. I recommend reading both. Quote worth remembering: "One cannot know the essence of love until one can love another - not because another deserves love, but because another simply is.
Anonymous 10 months ago
All of Bishop Spong's works open the readers eyes to the historical and litetary facts behind the Bible, which in turn make the Truth of it even more beautiful.
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Ragg_Mopp More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Bishop Spong, and hesitate to criticize the work of such an icon, but in the Nook edition I found two curious errors: Near the beginning is a reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls found near Nag Hammadi on the Dead Sea (I skipped over this assuming it represented a simple digitizing issue of the sort we see when publishers contract with somebody in Baluchistan), then near the end is another reference to the Gospel of Thomas claimed to be part of the Dead Sea Scrolls! Nag Hammadi is in Egypt, nowhere near the Dead Sea. And the Gospel of Thomas was actually part of the Nag Hammadi Library, not the Dead Sea Scrolls. I'm flabbergasted.
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