Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Writtenby Marcus J. Borg
By presenting the New Testament books in the order they were written, bestselling Bible scholar Marcus Borg reveals how spiritually and politically radical the early Jesus movement began and how it slowly became domesticated. Evolution of the Word is an incredible value: not only are readers getting a deeply insightful new book from the author of/i>
By presenting the New Testament books in the order they were written, bestselling Bible scholar Marcus Borg reveals how spiritually and politically radical the early Jesus movement began and how it slowly became domesticated. Evolution of the Word is an incredible value: not only are readers getting a deeply insightful new book from the author of Speaking Christian and Jesus, but also the full-text of the New Testamentand one of the only Bibles organized in chronological order and including explanatory annotations that give readers a more informed understanding of the Scripture that is so close to their hearts and lives.
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“Marcus Borg has always been a great teacher. In his newest book Evolution of the Word, his teaching skills are obvious as he opens the New Testament, not only to its original, historical order, but also to insightful, refreshing and dramatic insights.”
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Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. He was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. Borg is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling The Heart of Christianity, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, and the novel Putting Away Childish Things. He was an active member of the Jesus Seminar when it focused on the historical Jesus, and he has been chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature.
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Most of us read the New Testament starting with Matthew then on thru Revelation. That is NOT the order in which the books were originally written. Marcus Borg puts them in the chronological order in which they were written. The order WAS a surprise to me, a pretty good Bible scholar. Before each book, Marcus writes a concise summary of the book. Some of the chapters in a book may not have been written in that order and at different times. This book is an excellent new look at the New Testament that every Bible student should read. I believe that you will find it enjoyable and interesting reading!
As always, Marcus Borg has done an excellent job of interpretting the scriptures in the context of the social and political atmosphere of the time they were written. If this approach was used in all of the houses of worship today we would see an awakening and a change in the attitude of those who claim to be Christians. The Bible has been used to teach hate and bigotry based not on fact but on the beliefs of the individuals professing to be called out to teach. I believe Borg's work is part of the evolution of God's people that is occuring and will bring peace and justice to the world.