Evolution of the Word Hardback
The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written
by Marcus J. Borg;
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Evolution of the Word
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Marcus J. Borg, esteemed Bible scholar and bestselling author, shakes up the order of the New Testament as we know it by putting the books in a completely new order—the order in which they were written. By doing so, Evolution of the Word allows us to read these documents in their historical context. For the first time, see how the core ideas of Christianity took shape and developed over time.
Borg surveys what we know of the Jewish community of Jesus followers who passed on their stories orally. Into this context emerges the apostle Paul, whose seven authentic letters become the first collected writings that would later become the New Testament. Borg offers helpful introductions for each book so that as we read through these biblical documents, spanning over a century in time, we see afresh what concerns and pressures shaped this movement as it evolved into a new religion.
In this groundbreaking format, Borg reveals how a radical and primitive apocalyptic Jewish faith slowly became more comfortable with the world, less Jewish, and more pre- occupied with maintaining power and control. Evolution of the Word promises to change forever how we think about this historic work.
Evolution of the Word by Marcus J. Borg was published by HarperCollins in September 2012 and is our 33441st best seller. The ISBN for Evolution of the Word is 9780062082107.
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Evolution of the WordPaul Scott, via The Good Book Stall
The words are the same – actually the New Revised Standard Version – but the New Testament takes on a new complexion when set in chronological order as Marcus Borg has done. Readers may quibble about a few datings and the apparent demotion of the Gospels, but it forces the reader to address the issue so often ignored, that of the sequence of the writings. So the reader starts with 1 Thessalonians and Galatians; Mark’s Gospel doesn’t appear until the eighth document. Importantly for the identification of Paul’s theology we are forced to differentiate between the genuine letters and the others; the pastoral letters are therefore found right at the end.
Short as it is, Borg’s introduction gives a very lucid and informative justification for this reorganisation, as well as some guidance regarding the transmission of the tradition before anything was written down. There are also brief introductions to every document. Whilst this version will not replace the more traditional one, it provides a basis for a most valuable discussion, and if it helps in the popular recognition of genuine Pauline texts that must be good. To find that the 2012 Common Worship Lectionary used 2 Timothy to represent Paul for the Feast of Peter and Paul was both annoying and very sad when we have so much from his own heart. Every Church should have a copy of this book to which their people’s attention is periodically drawn.
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|Page last updated||31st January 2016|
|Author / Artist||Marcus J. Borg|
|Publisher||HarperCollins (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||608|