Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel

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A global and pioneering leader of progressive Christianity and the bestselling author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Eternal Life explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus.

A man who has consciously and deliberately walked the path of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his entire life inside the Christian Church. In this profound and considered work, he offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, history, and patterns of worship. Pulling back the layers of a long-standing Gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors’ intent that it is an act of heresy.

Using the Gospel of Matthew as a guide, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, symbols, icons, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth, the miracles, the details of the passion story, and the resurrection and ascension, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written. Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning.

In Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy, Spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us—one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world.

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 231 x 163 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In this profound work, bestselling author and the former Episcopal Bishop of Newark John Shelby Spong offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today. Pulling back the layers of misunderstanding created over the centuries by Gentile ignorance of things Jewish, he reveals how a literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from the original intent of the Jewish authors of the gospels that it has become an act of ing the gospel of Matthew as a guide, Spong explores the New Testament s literary and liturgical roots its grounding in Jewish culture, symbols, icons, and storytelling tradition to explain how the events of Jesus life, including the virgin birth, the miracles, the details of the passion story, and the resurrection and ascension, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written. Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the gospels took these to be events of history, thus distorting their essential meaning.In Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy, Spong annotates the gospel of Matthew and so provides a blueprint for the church s future one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story while still embracing the modern world.Why Fundamentalist Christians Are HereticsJohn Shelby Spong is a pioneering leader of progressive Christianity, a weekly columnist, and America s bestselling non-fundamentalist religious author. In this groundbreaking book he explains why a literal reading of the New Testament not only distorts the original message of these books, but also renders them unintelligible to the citizens of the twenty-first century. This exciting book recovers the original meaning behind Matthew s gospel with profound implications for the way we look at Jesus and follow him today. Spong is a truth-teller who stands up to the ignorance spawned by a gentile heresy that has hijacked the story of Jesus for far too long. Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing Jack Spong confounds biblical literalists by being profoundly biblical. This exciting book is liberating for those looking for a rational and authentic Christian faith that honors its biblical roots and is an essential building block in the search for a new Christianity for a new world. Peter Francis, warden and director of Gladstone s Library, Wales A brilliant challenge to biblical literalism, Bishop Spong reveals the tragic consequences of idolatry of the written word and why it matters today. A timely, important book. Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution After reading Spong s newest book, it will be difficult to read Matthew or any of the gospels in quite the same way again. He s done an amazing job of explaining how the book of Matthew was written as weekly liturgies for the Jewish synagogue year. A wonderful book. Fred C. Plumer, president of. Bookseller Inventory # AAR9780062362308

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