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  1. Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

    Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

    The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

    Narrator: Adam Verner
    Runtime: 4.28 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $15.99 Member Price: $12.79 (or 3 credits)
    Regular Price: $15.99 Member Price: $12.79 (or 3 credits)
    Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. Now, in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining.Drawing on his own journey from a naïve, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life-one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus's character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith.
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  2. The First Paul

    The First Paul

    Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon

    Narrator: Mel Foster
    Runtime: 8.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $19.99 Member Price: $15.99 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $19.99 Member Price: $15.99 (or 4 credits)
    Paul is second only to Jesus as the most important person in the birth of Christianity, and yet he continues to be controversial, even among Christians. How could the letters of Paul be used both to inspire radical grace and to endorse systems of oppression-condoning slavery, subordinating women, condemning homosexual behavior? Borg and Crossan use the best of biblical and historical scholarship to explain the reasons for Paul's mixed reputation and reveal to us what scholars have known for decades: that the later letters of Paul were created by the early church to dilute Paul's egalitarian message and transform him into something more 'acceptable.' They argue there are actually 'Three Pauls' in the New Testament: 'The Radical Paul' (of the seven genuine letters), 'The Conservative Paul' (of the three disputed epistles), and 'The Reactionary Paul' (of the three inauthentic letters). By closely examining this progression of Paul's letters-from the authentic to the inauthentic-the authors show how the apostle was slowly but steadily 'deradicalized' to fit Roman social norms in regards to slavery, patriarchy, and patronage. In truth, Paul was an appealing apostle of Jesus whose vision of life 'in Christ'-one of his favored phrases-is remarkably faithful to the message of Jesus himself.
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  3. Reading the Bible Again for the First Time

    Reading the Bible Again for the First Time

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 10.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Many Christians mistakenly believe that their only choice is either to reconcile themselves to a fundamentalist reading of scripture (a 'literal-factual' approach) or to simply reject the Bible as something that could bring meaning and value into their lives. In Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg shows how instead we can freshly appreciate all the essential elements of the Old and New Testaments-from Genesis to Revelation-in a way that can open up a new world of intelligent faith. In Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Borg reveals how it is possible to reconcile a scientific and critical way of thinking with our deepest spiritual needs, leading to an insightful experience of ancient text. This unique book invites every listener-whatever his or her religious background-to engage the Bible, to wrestle with its meaning, to explore its mysteries, and to understand its relevance. Reading the Bible Again for the First Time shows us how to encounter the Bible in a fresh, new way that rejects the limits of simple literalism and opens up the rich possibility of living a life of authentic faith.
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  4. Evolution of the Word

    Evolution of the Word

    The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written

    Narrator: Bob Souer
    Runtime: 22.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $34.99 Member Price: $27.99 (or 6 credits)
    Regular Price: $34.99 Member Price: $27.99 (or 6 credits)
    Marcus J. Borg, esteemed Bible scholar and bestselling author, shakes up the order of the New Testament as we know it by putting the books in a completely new order-the order in which they were written. By doing so, Evolution of the Word allows us to experience these documents in their historical context. For the first time, see how the core ideas of Christianity took shape and developed over time. Borg surveys what we know of the Jewish community of Jesus followers who passed on their stories orally. Into this context emerges the apostle Paul, whose seven authentic letters become the first collected writings that would later become the New Testament. Borg offers helpful introductions for each book so that as we examine these biblical documents, spanning over a century in time, we see afresh what concerns and pressures shaped this movement as it evolved into a new religion. In this groundbreaking format, Borg reveals how a radical and primitive apocalyptic Jewish faith slowly became more comfortable with the world, less Jewish, and more preoccupied with maintaining power and control. Evolution of the Word promises to change forever how we think about this historic work.
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