Liberating the Gospels (Paperback)
In this boldest book since Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Bishop John Shelby Spong offers a compelling view of the Gospels as thoroughly Jewish tests.Spong powerfully argues that many of the key Gospel accounts of events in the life of Jesus--from the stories of his birth to his physical resurrection--are not literally true. He offers convincing evidence that the Gospels are a collection of Jewish midrashic stories written to convey the significance of Jesus. This remarkable discovery brings us closer to how Jesus was really understood in his day and should be in ours.
About the Author
JOHN SHELBY SPONG was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000. As a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches throughout North America and the English-speaking world, he is one of the leading spokespersons for liberal Christianity. His books include Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; and Jesus for the Non-Religious. He has initiated landmark discussions of controversies within the church and has become an outspoken advocate for change.
“Compelling, controversial, substantive, provocative, and original…remarkably convincing.”
-Rabbi Jack D. Spiro, director, Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Judaic Studies
“Bishop Spong’s work is a significant accomplishment.”
-Harvey Cox, Thomas Professor of Divinity, Harvard University