By John Shelby Spong
During this boldest ebook in view that Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Bishop John Shelby Spong bargains a compelling view of the Gospels as completely Jewish textual content. Spong powerfully argues that some of the key Gospel bills of occasions within the lifetime of Jesus—from the tales of his start to his actual resurrection—are no longer actually actual. He bargains convincing facts that the Gospels are a suite of Jewish midrashic tales written to express the importance of Jesus. This striking discovery brings us in the direction of how Jesus was once quite understood in his day and will be in ours.
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Yet these were the very claims that echoed throughout the biblical story. These claims also had been enveloped by the hierarchy of the Church into a body of doctrine and dogma that some parts of the Church have insisted must be believed on pain of the loss of salvation. But now, in the light of this intellectual revolution, it became increasingly obvious that the primary theological structures of the Church, including its doctrines and dogmas, depended on that literal view of scripture, which was no longer intellectually defensible.
I have footnoted Michael Goulder significantly in this book, but there is a sense in which this whole book is my attempt to make accessible to the general public the insights of Michael Goulder. I am not a slavish disciple. He is not my only source of insight. I have drawn on the reading of a lifetime. Nor do I agree with Goulder in all his conclusions. Indeed, I have broken with my mentor at significant points in my story. The most striking disagreement will be on the “order” that organized the Gospel of Luke.
I suppose I would have been shocked by the possibility. Everything I knew about this Jesus, presumably from the Bible, would have screamed out in opposition to such a thought. Jesus was clearly defined for me as something good. Jews were clearly defined for me in church, in Sunday school, and through what I had been taught was in the Bible itself, as something evil. To say that Jesus was a Jew would have been, to my limited mind, almost an oxymoron, and certainly a contradiction in terms. It is amazing how ignorance and prejudice can distort history.
Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes by John Shelby Spong