Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

Harper Collins

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.

"Believing in Jesus does not mean believing doctrines about him," Borg writes. "Rather, it means to give one's heart, one's self at its deepest level, to . . . the living Lord."

Drawing on his own journey from a naive, 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 creeds 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' 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.

For questioning believers, doubters, and reluctant unbelievers alike, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time frees our understanding of Jesus' life and message from popular misconceptions and outlines the way to a sound and contemporary faith: "For ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present. Meeting that Jesus—the living one who comes to us even now—will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time."

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About 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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Harper Collins
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Mar 17, 2009
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Los destacados especialistas en Jesús, Marcus J. Borg y John Dominic Crossan, se unen para revelarnos un Jesús radicalmente nuevo y poco conocido. Cuando ambos autores reaccionaron y respondieron preguntas sobre el exitoso filme de Mel Gibson, La Pasión de Jesucristo, descubrieron que muchos cristianos no tienen claro los detalles de los acontecimientos de la semana que condujo a Jesús a su muerte en la cruz.Usando el evangelio de Marcos como guía, Borg y Crossan presentan un relato día a día de la última semana de vida de Jesús. Comienzan su historia el Domingo de Ramos con dos entradas triunfales a Jerusalén. La primera entrada, la del gobernador romano Poncio Pilatos que conduce soldados romanos dentro de la ciudad, simboliza la fuerza militar. La segunda anuncia un nuevo tipo de héroe moral que es alabado por la gente mientras va montado sobre un humilde burro. El Jesús presentado por Borg y Crossan es este nuevo héroe moral, un Jesús más peligroso que el consagrado en las enseñanzas tradicionales de la iglesia.La Última Semana pinta a un Jesús que renuncia a su vida para protestar contra el poder sin justicia y para condenar al rico a quien no le importa el pobre. Comprometido con esto, al término de la semana Jesús marcha hacia el Calvario, ofreciéndose como modelo para que otros hagan lo mismo cuando se enfrenten a cuestiones similares.Informados, desafiados e inspirados no sólo nos encontramos con el Jesús histórico, sino también con un nuevo Jesús que nos compromete y nos invita a seguirlo.
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