From top Jesus expert Marcus Borg, a completely updated and revised version of his vision of Jesus—as charismatic healer, sage, and prophet, a man living in the power of the spirit and dedicated to radical social change.
Fully revised and updated, this is Borg’s major book on the historical Jesus. He shows how the Gospel portraits of Jesus, historically seen, make sense. Borg takes into account all the recent developments in historical Jesus scholarship, as well as new theories on who Jesus was and how the Gospels reflect that.
The original version of this book was published well before popular fascination with the historical Jesus. Now this new version takes advantage of all the research that has gone on since the 80s. The revisions establish it as Borg’s big but popular book on Jesus.
In my opinion, this book is attempting to redefine who Jesus was and what the bible itself, is. Simply put I believe Mr. Borg believes in God, just not the way God is described in the biblical text. I also believe, based upon what I’ve read, that the bible is simply the words of men, metaphorical and not necessarily factual. I was a little disappointed in this book. I do not believe he ever took into account the oral tradition of the Israelites concerning the passing down history from one generation to another. Nor did he seem to take into account the fact that the ancient Greek language does not use quotation marks. Passing on one’s history, culturally through the oral tradition, was, is and always has been that if you maintain the true sense of what your teacher has spoken, you have done your job with honor. Like all other witness accounts, not all will be perfectly matched. However, I believe this book gives one a new perspective on how some people, if not many people, think with respect to God, Jesus, and the Bible.
On a more positive note, I thought Mr. Borg had infused an excellent amount of historical information, culturally and factual, within the confines of these pages. This aided in understanding what was happening at the time, how things were done, the atmosphere of the aristocracy who were in charge at the time (i.e., the Herods of the time.) Well done and worth the read, but be careful what you accept as explanations. By the end of the book I did not know what to think of Mr. Borg on his position about either the bible or Jesus. Although this book was worth the time spent gleaning information from it.
Godspeed & Good Reads!