In an age when tough questions are asked about the Christian faith, and when many people aren’t prepared simply to believe “because the Bible tells me so”, is it still possible to find faith which can change your life? How can we make sense of the life of Jesus and the stories told about him in the 21st century?
Marcus Borg is a biblical expert who has spent most of his life asking and writing about the fundamental questions about Jesus: who was he, what did he say and do, and what does his life and message mean in the world of now? His book on Jesus uses history, archaeology and sociology to question the life of Jesus as presented in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The result is a searching portrait of Jesus which takes nothing for granted.
The picture of Jesus which emerges in the book reveals “a Jewish mystic, healer, wisdom teacher, and prophet of the kingdom of God; he proclaimed the immediacy of access to God and the kingdom of God; he challenged the domination system, was executed by the authorities, and then vindicated by God.”
Marcus Borg’s Jesus is a scholarly book, but it is written in a beautifully clear and approachable way. It makes ideal reading for anyone who is drawn to the life and teaching of Jesus, but who has hard questions to ask about traditional faith. This is a life of Jesus written for people living in the age of Richard Dawkins.
What readers have said about the book…
“Borg’s tone and presentation speaks to scholars and laypeople at the same time. He patiently explores all segments of the Gospel accounts, turning them around like gem stones to expose various angles of meaning.” – Brian Griffith, Amazon
“Many people, both those who attend church and those who do not, have questions about traditional Christianity… For anyone interested in a new way of looking at Jesus and Christian faith, this book is an excellent place to begin.” – Dr Arie Van Brenk, Amazon
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Jesus has probably inspired more books and biographies than anyone else in human history. But which of them are worth reading if you’re exploring the life of Jesus for the first time – or even for the second or third times?
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