Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written

Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written

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by Marcus J. Borg
     
 

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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

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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 Testament—and 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.

Editorial Reviews

John Shelby Spong
“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.”
Booklist (starred review)
“The most helpful thing that Borg has to offer is a contextual introduction to each of the 27 books of the New Testament . . . An eminently readable and eye-opening addition to religion shelves, as well as a new and fascinating way to read the New Testament.”
Booklist
"The most helpful thing that Borg has to offer is a contextual introduction to each of the 27 books of the New Testament . . . An eminently readable and eye-opening addition to religion shelves, as well as a new and fascinating way to read the New Testament."
Read the Spirit
“Some may still remember confrontational front-page headlines decades ago pitting Borg and other university-based Bible scholars against Christian traditionalists. However, Borg now is embraced in mainline congregations coast to coast. . . . To put it simply: Marcus Borg has become a friend to growing congregations.”
The United Methodist Reporter
In Evolution of the Word, Borg has produced something of great usefulness. Reading the New Testament in the order suggested gives us a new perspective on biblical faith. …[It] tests and challenges our programmed ways of reading Scripture…. that can enrich our faith awareness.
Library Journal
Borg (Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, Oregon State Univ.; Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time), a prolific biblical scholar, guides the reader into understanding the New Testament (NT) by presenting its text in the New Revised Standard Version and arranged in the order in which its books were written. As such, the early Pauline epistles appear before the gospels, general epistles, and the book of Revelation. Borg finds this approach instructive since readers can understand the process by which the biblical material developed. He provides a helpful introduction to each NT book, ranging from three to eight pages in length. Additionally, he includes chapters addressing the oral period and Paul and his writings. A decade-by-decade timeline covering both events of the first century C.E. and the writing of biblical works offers helpful additional guidance. One problem with Borg's approach, however, is that he assumes general agreement among scholars as to the dating of each book's writing. This is not always the case. VERDICT This book will provide general readers and undergraduates with a good guide to the background and content of the New Testament. Of less value to specialists.—John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ. Lib.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062082121
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
117,799
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Times described as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.

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