My review may be criticized as little more than a subjective response to finding an argument to shore up a personal worldview that may or may not be valid. Spong makes a clear argument in favor of the resurrection of Jesus as a non-literal, non-physical event. Matthew and Luke follow, composed somewhere in the next couple of decades, and clearly use Mark's account as the basis for their own, while also adding elements not found in Mark, some from a source known to them both, and others from sources unique to themselves. If you know the author and his work and are a fan, then this latest volume will take you on another voyage of faith, discovery and revelation. For instance, traditionally I had viewed John's gospel as a Greek text with a strong leaning toward the intellectual and philosophical community. This is a must read for every Christian who has tried to make sense of this gospel.
For those of you who love scripture - and your faith - yet can still think for yourselves, this is your book. John's message is a non-rational mystical one that goes beyond language and human words. He goes on to explain why he believes it was written, and how we can learn from the Gospel today. Were none of these contributors literalists? Spong supports the Jesus Seminar which seeks to discover the actual words of Jesus. Spong corectly notes how little Mary appears in any of the gospels, a point worth noting because the attention subsequently given to her by Catholicism in particular is hard to reconcile with the insignificant role she actually plays in the gospel accounts. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. This book is different, not because I am any more of a scholar in this area than any of the others and not because the scholarship behind this book is any more compelling than that of the others.
After rereading John's gospel, I couldn't help but enthusiastically rate this book as a five star book. His weekly online column reaches thousands of subscribers all over the world. But, Spong is still doing an objective interpretation. Being a person that comes at spirituality from a evolutionary or historical-critical perspective, I have never had much use for figurative or metaphorical interpretations of the gospels. Except for when I am traveling by air, I read few books these days, but a few weeks ago I received The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic by John Shelby Spong.
For me, it means so little. But this criticism does not diminish the profound insights found in the rest of the book. Good: A book that has been read but is in good condition. But one should never read a book such as this without immediately checking its assertions against the scripture it is discussing. It is different because of the way it speaks directly to my own experience. Spong believes John is a deeply Jewish book influenced by mysticism.
Levine's have helped me to read it as a non-literal text without f Like many of Erhmann's books, Bishop Spong's take on John is not for the faint of heart. One who expects this book to be solely exegetical will surely be disappointed with it: there is a lot of bishop Spong's personal theology injected into this book. The parts most likely to cause trouble are in the Easter narrative. To those of you who rely on concepts of these works being the inerrant word of God - run away. The parts most likely to cause trouble are in the Easter narrative.
In a nutshell: this gospel is in no way literal, it's all mystical. This is a highly controversial group! This being said, it is still a work of stunning insight and incredible inspiration. The bestselling and controversial bishop reveals the subversive, mystical teachings of the writer of the Gospel of John and how his teachings are more relevant now, in the post-Christian world, than ever before. However, I am not convinced that they are free from introducing their own bias or error. The author seems to treat the four Gospels in a The premise of the book is the Gospel of John was written from the perspective of a Jewish mystic. Often difficult to follow, often oblique and often dogmatic. That modern message is not new or unique to Bishop Spong.
The interpretation starts from a figurative perspective of a 1st century Johannine mystic. At least the figurativists have freed themselves from the doctrinal lens of the 4th century or 19th century. But he also implies an objective reality to resurrection that is clearly more than the disciples subjective experience. John's Jesus is very unlike the Jesus found in the other Gospels. The incarnation was never about a foreign visitor from heaven, but about a new and mystical way of experiencing life in abundance. Maybe I was expecting a different kind of book. After 36 years of also avoiding Bultman's commentary on it, he finally sat down to wrestle with it and this is the result.
It has the ring of truth on every page. We have seen his thinking evolve as he went along, and only gradually has he really begun to reflect a modern message to replace the traditional view. This is a must read for every Christian who has tried to make sense of this gospel. How long will the file be downloaded? We regularly check this is a fully automatic process the availability of servers, the links to which we offer you. I don't claim that lightly; while I haven't read them all, I have read twelve and in this one Spong does a masterful job of unraveling the obscured messages that the author actually three writers have written in the Gospel of John. I could not put it down.
This book will help anyone who cares to think about faith in open, dynamic, hospitable, and inclusive ways. For the first time in a long time I can clearly state why I am still a Christian. For Spong, Jesus's message was that God isn't in the heavens, isn't a being, isn't external to us in any way, but rather in accord with the ancient mystical belief that it is something that we all contain within us, that is, and Spong sees this inner q John Shelby Spong isn't your typical Episcopalian bishop: he doesn't believe in the virgin birth, in the bodily resurrection of Jesus, not in the miracles, and not even in God - at least not as God has been historically understood in Christianity. In a nutshell: this gospel is in no way literal, it's all mystical. By taking something so be Bishop Spong is known as a forceful and controversial figure. The Peter betrayal is forced into choosing survival while betraying their own purpose until, realizing their own betrayal, they finally step into the light their purpose even at the cost of their 'physical' life. Revealing new truths I was not ready at the start of the book to accept the ideas being proposed but as I continued with the book I understood more of the gospel and I saw everything in a new light that increased my understanding of faith.
These arguments are not new, but Spong's particularly mystical look at the Johannine t Well constructed and compelling. The E-mail message field is required. But one should never read a book such as this without immediately checking its assertions against the scripture it is discussing. He has an interesting comparison of the Peter betrayal and the Judas betrayal. I enjoyed the treatments of the characters and learning why they would be written as they are--what they point to both in history and theology.