Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally (Paperback)
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 reader 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.
About the Author
Marcus J. Borg is canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, at Oregon State University. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature and is the author of the bestselling books "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time," "The Heart of Christianity," "Reading the Bible Again for the First Time," "The God We Never Knew," "Jesus," and "Speaking Christian."
“[A]n accessible book, almost entirely devoid of scholarly jargon but filled with scholarly insight.”
“Borg writes passionately about the enduring values of the Bible. The engaging historical details he includes make familiar stories read like new. Whether you read the Bible religiously or rarely, this book is thought-provoking.”
-Christian Science Monitor
“Borg… has a knack for clarifying difficult theological issues and writing in a pensive style that is extremely accessible to Christian laity and seekers of all stripes. Almost single-handedly, he opened up new avenues of thought for lapsed or nonbelievers interested in re-visioning the Christianity of their childhood.”
-Spirituality and Practice
“Provides many excellent metaphorical readings of biblical accounts, which unify the Bible’s stories.”
“A highly readable and succinct introduction to biblical criticism.”
“[T]akes the Bible back from the specialists…nothing short of a blessing, even a miracle!”
-Peter J. Gomes, author of The Good Book: Reading the Bible With Heart and Mind
“Borg’s analysis is profound, challenging and engrossing; it will enable readers to use scripture creatively once again and truly make it a bridge for the divine.”
-Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God
“This welcome book removes many of the barriers that separate thoughtful people from the wisdom of the Bible.”
-Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People