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The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

Author: John Shelby Spong

Publisher: HarperOne

ISBN: 0062011316

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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Rescuing John's Gospel from Its Creedal Captivity John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, scholarly, and authentic Christianity, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literacy, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple." The result of this intriguing study not only recaptures the original message of this gospel, but also provides us today with a radical new dimension to the claim that in the humanity of Jesus the reality of God has been met and engaged.

The Fourth Gospel

The Fourth Gospel

Author: John Shelby Spong

Publisher:

ISBN: 1443424005

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Page: 368

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Bestselling and controversial bishop and teacher John Shelby Spong reveals the subversive, mystical teachings of the writer of the Gospel of John and how his teachings point us forward in the 21st century In The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic, Spong turns his attention to the Gospel of John, the fourth Gospel in the Bible. Contrary to what is most often believed, he writes that this gospel was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus. In fact, it is a literary, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of Jewish worship traditions and fictional characters, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple." The result is not only to recapture the original message of this gospel, but also to provide us today with a radical new dimension to the claim that in the humanity of Jesus the reality of God has been met and engaged. This book offers a fresh way to read the Gospel of John and a unique primer about how to be a Christian in the post-Christian twenty-first century.

The Easter Moment

The Easter Moment

Author: John Shelby Spong

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062047960

Category: Religion

Page: 100

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The Easter Moment tells the moving story of Spong's friendship with a young physician dying of cancer and how that relationship shed new light on the years of study the author has devoted to the great mystery of what actually happened on that long-ago Easter when the whole history of the human race was changed. Spong is willing to ask tough and searching questions and to come up with startling and significant answers to what happened after death that first fateful Easter, and what that means for thinking about life after death today.

One Priest’s Wondering Beliefs

One Priest’s Wondering Beliefs

Author: John E. Bowers

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781620322710

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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This book is aimed at those Christians who have begun to question the conventional understandings of Jesus, and Christianity, and even of what we mean by "God," and have become discomforted by the dissonance between their own thinking and the church's stance. A critical thinker by inclination and education, Jack Bowers explored Celtic Christian spirituality for a decade. That taught him there are other ways to live out the Christian faith than what we have been told by Rome and Protestantism. Upon retirement in 1998, no longer professionally required to reflect conventional theology, his belief structure began to wander, seriously re-examining all he had taught and believed. Having heard whispered rumors in younger years of priests "losing their faith," instead he felt he was not losing his theology but growing it. This volume leads you through the evolution of his beliefs to what he can speak out with confidence right now, understanding that as he continues to grow and experience this world, and hopefully get a little wiser, his beliefs will evolve yet farther. He invites you into this challenging spiritual pilgrimage to discover what you can confidently believe in 2016 AD.

Truth Revealed

Truth Revealed

Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498202213

Category: Religion

Page: 316

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If the New Testament represents the crown jewels of Christianity, the Gospel of John is its "pearl of great price," the most beloved, most read, most quoted, most distinctive, most memorable, most debated book in its canon. Truth Revealed is ideal for individual and group study. It divides the Gospel of John into twelve units, providing helpful introductory features, summaries, learning objectives, and questions for each unit, and concludes by offering perspective on a specific topic that arises as one follows the narrative, always with an eye on the big picture, namely, guidance for daily living. Few sayings attributed to Jesus are better known or more widely quoted than the words "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). At his trial before Pilate, Jesus declared that his purpose in life was to witness to the truth. Pilate responds with the Gospel's most memorable question: "What is truth?" The answer is explored in Truth Revealed, a commentary that provides literary, theological, historical, and textual guidelines for understanding the message of this ancient work in a way that is accessible and applicable to twenty-first century readers.

A Thematic Access-Oriented Bibliography of Jesus's Resurrection

A Thematic Access-Oriented Bibliography of Jesus's Resurrection

Author: Michael J. Alter

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725252738

Category: Religion

Page: 602

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The keystone of Christianity is Jesus’s physical, bodily resurrection. Present-day scholars can be significantly challenged as they forage through voluminous documents on the resurrection of Jesus. The literature measures well over seven thousand sources in English-language books alone. This makes finding specific sources that are most relevant for specific scholarly purposes an arduous task. Even when a specific book is relevant, finding the parts of the book that are most relevant to the resurrection rather than other topics often requires additional effort. A Thematic Access-Oriented Bibliography of Jesus’s Resurrection addresses these challenges in several ways. First, the bibliography organizes more than seven thousand English sources into twelve main categories and then thirty-four subcategories, which are designed to help you find the most relevant literature quickly and efficiently. Embedded are pro and con arguments which support efficient access through brief annotations and then annotate the diversity and complexity of the field of religion by including sources that represent a diverse range of views: theistic (e.g., Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.), agnostic, and nontheistic. The objective of this bibliography is to provide convenient access to relevant sources from a variety of perspectives, allowing you to browse or find the one source accurately and with ease.

You Are A Wave in the Ocean of God

You Are A Wave in the Ocean of God

Author: E. Wayne McLaughlin

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781312212282

Category: Religion

Page: 302

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By reading the Gospel of John as a mystical text and hearing the words of Jesus as mystical language we discover an ancient spirituality that is consistent with modern science and helpful for interfaith dialogue. In John's Gospel Jesus escapes capture ten times and corrects literal reception of his language eleven times. These patterns along with John's emphasis on the inner Presence and the divine desire for Oneness show a mystical approach to faith. Embracing Jesus' mystical, metaphorical language enables one to develop a 'mystical mindset' for living in the 21st century. The perception of separateness from God and one another is corrected by this fresh reading of John's Gospel along with the mystics of the Christian tradition as well as other spiritual traditions.

A Complicated Love Story

A Complicated Love Story

Author: V. George Shillington

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532689598

Category: Religion

Page: 170

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The Fourth Gospel, otherwise known as the gospel of the beloved disciple of Jesus, has captivated the imagination of myriads of people worldwide. Echoing one of its major themes, namely water, this gospel has been described as one in which a child can wade and an elephant can swim. Of the four gospels in the New Testament, this one stands out from the other three at several levels. In the Fourth Gospel the extraordinary acts of Jesus are labeled consistently as signs, not miracles. In the second major part, however, the signs give way to reality found uniquely in the life and death of Jesus on behalf of benighted humanity. He is the true light that enlightens every one and every thing. There are no parables in the Fourth Gospel. A parable is something that is literally thrown alongside the ordinary world of the day. The Fourth Evangelist focuses on truth, one of its major themes. There are puzzling pieces mixed in with the good news, which serves to make this gospel captivating to the reader. Through all of the complex twists and turns in this gospel the theme of love shines forth brilliantly, especially so in the second half.

The Signs of Jesus' Deity in the Gospel of John

The Signs of Jesus' Deity in the Gospel of John

Author: Solomon E. Fields

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 9781480891814

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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Do the miracles in the gospel of John really prove that Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God? In a carefully-researched study, a seasoned preacher and teacher examines the signs recorded in the gospel of John, explores whether they provide definitive proof of the deity of Jesus Christ, and analyzes the background of the audience during the time period of Jesus as well as that of the implied readers of the gospel. While explaining the text in John’s gospel, specifically the passages related to the traditional seven signs and the other nontraditional miraculous signs, Dr. Solomon Fields also analyzes the acceptance or lack of acceptance of the signs that John incorporates as reasons for believing in Jesus Christ and considers the post-resurrection perspective of the uniqueness of the signs within the early church and the present-day church in regard to the Christian faith—all while giving honor and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ so that souls may be saved and strengthened in the kingdom of God. The Signs of Jesus’ Deity in the Gospel of John provides a concise resource tool for those who minister through preaching, teaching, and leading bible studies around the signs within this important Christian teaching. “I thank Dr. Fields for presenting such a fresh view on the Signs (miracles) of Jesus. These Signs are a testament of the Divine powers of His attributes shown to man during His ministry here on earth. No one else within the historical times of man on earth could possibly exhibit these things except the Son of God. Being a student of history I appreciated the book’s use of the Old Testament to give strength to the acts rendered by our Lord Jesus Christ. The Old Testament connection expounds on the fact that the Word (Jesus) was preexistent from the beginning, as indicated in the first verse of the Book of John. The Word was God prior to the beginning and so in essence these powers of Signs were existing prior to the beginning. Again thank you Dr. Fields for this persuasive view on the Signs of Jesus, it is a good resource for study. I will recommend the book for my students.” —Dr. Bill Odems, Mount Olive Bible Institute “Whether you are a pastor, minister, or layperson, you will find this in-depth exposition of the miracles of Jesus, as chronicled in the Gospel of John, to be inspirational, insightful, and provocative. The meticulous examination and brilliant writing of Dr. Fields reinforce the truth regarding the deity of Jesus as The Christ.” —Cory S. Powell, Pastor, New Dimensions Tabernacle, Lubbock TX

Born of a Woman

Born of a Woman

Author: John Shelby Spong

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061739606

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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John Shelby Spong, bestselling author and Episcopal bishop of Newark, NJ, challenges the doctrine of the virgin birth, tracing its development in the early Christian church and revealing its legacy in our contemporary attitudes toward women and female sexuality.