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  • Title: The Meaning of Jesus
  • Author: Marcus J. Borg N.T. Wright
  • ISBN: 9780060608767
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • Was Jesus born of a virgin Did he know he was the Messiah Was he bodily resurrected from the dead Did he intentionally die to redeem humankind Was Jesus God In The Meaning of Jesus two leading Jesus scholars with widely divergent views go right to the heart of these questions and others, presenting the opposing visions of Jesus that shape our faith today.In alternatingWas Jesus born of a virgin Did he know he was the Messiah Was he bodily resurrected from the dead Did he intentionally die to redeem humankind Was Jesus God In The Meaning of Jesus two leading Jesus scholars with widely divergent views go right to the heart of these questions and others, presenting the opposing visions of Jesus that shape our faith today.In alternating chapters, Marcus Borg, the most popular revisionist voice on Jesus and a member of the Jesus Seminar, and N T Wright, the most prominent standard bearer for the traditional stance and an outspoken critic of the Jesus Seminar, present their views of who Jesus was, what he taught, and what he did.Candid, spirited, and thoughtfully debated, this compelling discourse will stimulate fresh ideas and intense dialogue among anyone concerned with what it means to be a Christian today.
    The Meaning of Jesus Was Jesus born of a virgin Did he know he was the Messiah Was he bodily resurrected from the dead Did he intentionally die to redeem humankind Was Jesus God In The Meaning of Jesus two leading Jesus s

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    1. Two of my favorite scholars, Marcus Borg and N T Wright, debate the meaning of Jesus One is decidedly conservative, but both are thoughtful and well studied And, raising hope for the future of Christianity, I would venture a guess that they are best friends despite their differences.Wright believes the gospels are what they are because their authors thought the events they were recording all of them, not just some actually happened This may sound self evident to conservative Christians, but it [...]

    2. Jesus asked his disciples, Who do you say that I am Two of today s leading theologians, Marcus Berg and N T Nicholas Thomas Wright, give their answers in alternating chapters on eight different aspects of Christology.I will admit that I relate closely to Wright s views than Borg s, and find Wright s readable And admit further that half way through the book I gave up reading Borg s chapters The book was due back at the public library and I wanted to finish with it before I started my new job.Bo [...]

    3. This is a good book for those who desire to compare two different ways of understanding Jesus, Christianity and the Bible The cover states that the two authors are the leading conservative and the leading liberal scholar in the historical Jesus debate Perhaps true, though it would not be difficult to find scholars much conservative than Wright and much liberal than Borg.I am a huge fan of NT Wright so it was not surprising that I found myself agreeing with much of what he wrote, and even antic [...]

    4. From the copy of the book I have, this is what the title states on the front The Meaning of Jesus Two Visions The Leading Liberal and Conservative Jesus Scholars Present the Heart of the Historical Jesus DebateYeah it s a bit long N.T Wright presents a conservative viewpoint of the historical Jesus Marcus J Borg s view is a bit liberal.At first, I got into the debate But then it started to get pointless Even when they disagree, they seem to agree So often it seems like semantics And there seem [...]

    5. I am not a theologian, and as such, I can t review or evaluate this book on that level I am a Christian who was raised in the Anglican Church, and I ve always been fascinated by questions of Biblical inerrancy I approached this book as someone who clearly believes in Jesus as Son of God and Saviour, yet who is open to different ways of approaching the Bible Borg and Wright both make well written, clear arguments to explain their views around Christ both as a spiritual and historical figure The a [...]

    6. Basic questions about Christianity are examinedwas Jesus born of a virgin Did he know he was the Messiah Was he God Did he die to redeem mankind The amazing thing to me is that any Christian scholar who professes to believe in Christ Borg would ever dare to ask these questions in the first place The Jesus Seminar is, to me, a classic example of the wolves spoken of in the New Testament They profess to be believers but use their knowledge to undermine people s faith in Christ They feel comfortab [...]

    7. Reading the Meaning of Jesus is like sitting at Centre Court in Wimbledon seeing two tennis greats volleying with all their might Enjoyable and exciting reading, as you wait to see how the other author will return the serve There are 8 parts in the book, with two chapters per part Borg plays for the progressive or liberal side, while Wright represents the conservative side, but both are devout Christians The good thing is that there is no hostility between them as they argue their points with [...]

    8. The Meaning of Jesus is a fascinating debate between two of the big names in contemporary theology Coming into this book, I ve read a great deal of N.T Wright but nothing previously about Marcus Borg Both men are excellent writers and thinkers who agree that Jesus is hugely important both historically and presently When it comes to details, however, they disagree on virtually every issue As a conservative evangelical I naturally agreed with Wright throughout the book I expected that to be the ca [...]

    9. This is Marcus Borg and N T Wright s exchange via book It is useful if you want to understand where many Evangelical Americans see the historical Jesus debate stands right now I think, mostly, this book misses the point, however, in light of Bultmann s stuff on the meaning of faith I would recommend Bultmann s Kerygma and Myth instead of this if one, in my opinion, wants to really understand the issues of the historical Jesus in a way that involves honesty without intellectual suicide Although N [...]

    10. The Meaning of Jesus Two Visions, co authored by Marcus Borg and N.T Wright is an excellent read for the student of N.T interpretation hermeneutics By design, the book provides the reader with two quite different approaches one is traditional, the other revisionist to eight very important topics in Jesus studies Each of the essays provided by N.T Wright utilized both scriptural and historical background information in a very logical presentation of his thesis Borg, on the other hand, built his [...]

    11. I was assigned this book for class, and I found myself into it than most reading assignments I like the idea of liberal and conservative scholar friends writing a book in dialogue, and they did it well, though the back and forth aspect of it could have been presented creatively i.e shorter chapters, interview conversation format, I don t know When I finished it I felt like I didn t retain much, but since then I ve mentioned it in discussions, so I suppose some of it stuck I thought I might get [...]

    12. I found this book to be very helpful It s two authors, Marcus Borg and N.T Wright, each cast their vision of Jesus and what his life and work mean in light of first century Jewish perspectives and historical Jesus scholarship I see true things in the visions of Jesus from both of these wise scholars, and there is a lot of common ground with different ways of expression The beauty of this book for me is being able to see the unwritten underlying core in which both of these visions of the meaning [...]

    13. In their Introduction, Borg and Wright make an important observation There is, after all, no such thing as objectivity in scholarship Anyone who supposes that by setting scholarship within a modern secular university, or some other carefully sanitized, nonreligious setting, they thereby guard such work against the influence of presuppositions that can seriously skew the results should, we suggest, think again This amounts to a confession by both that their contrasting views of Jesus are subjecti [...]

    14. The Meaning of Jesus is an intriguing t te t te between two friends with very different Christian worldviews N.T Wright is the Bishop of Durham who takes up the standard of orthodox Christianity and Marcus Borg is, to put it mildly, a very liberal Lutheran Both argue well, and Borg is most fascinating when he lays out his methodology in analyzing and interpreting the written documents we have on Jesus He focuses on the Gospel of Mark because it is the oldest of the written traditions, he discuss [...]

    15. This book is constructed as an alternating chapter debate between two scholars Their central topic is distinguishing those items in the Gospels and in Christian belief that can actually be traced to the life of the historical Jesus from those items that were creations of the early Christian church in the decades after Jesus s death This is anything but a dry and sterile debate it leads them to disagree on topics that are seemingly critical and potentially explosive For example, did Jesus actuall [...]

    16. A most interesting and well written book Needless to say, when reading a book of this nature, one will always agree with some positions presented and disagree with others Rather than commenting on the theological positions I agree or disagree with, I will note what I most appreciated about the book.Both of these authors are excellent writers and scholars They are undoubtedly knowledgeable in their field of expertise and have presented their positions and their arguments extremely well Their writ [...]

    17. Two Jesus scholars present their sometimes similar, often conflicting accounts about Christ Wright presents a classical orthodox view of historical Jesus, and Borg presents a liberal, view I came to the book wondering why liberal scholars like Borg still bother to believe in Jesus at all he does believe that Jesus existed and was crucified, but discounts a lot of the gospels as either a metaphor that has morphed into a historical meaning it was never intended to convey or made up accounts to su [...]

    18. Marcus Borg states that much of the New Testament, if not all, should be understood as metaphor He claims that we should not take the written accounts of Jesus life and ministry as true historical fact We should look for the meaning behind the stories He understands The Bible not as a divine work of God but written by a group of people, Israel for the Old Testament and the early Christian community for the New Testament, about how they see God He calls it a lens in which we can get a glimpse of [...]

    19. Well I finally finished it haha It only took me almost all year This is not a super tough read, but it is written by two theologians so it s not a super light read either I love to constantly have my notions about faith shaken up, to really ask myself why I believe what I believe I am first and foremost a Christ follower, and I have tried very hard not to be roped in by the culture and dogma of the church but by what Jesus said and did This book is a great read for someone who wants to be challe [...]

    20. When I reviewed Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, I lamented that the book didn t delve deeply enough into Borg s views of the historical Jesus This book does a far better job of that, and as a bonus contrasts Borg s views with those of N.T Wright Although the book is framed as a debate between these two scholars, it isn t a debate in the vein of Chesterton Shaw, approaching diametrically opposed viewpoints Borg and Wright agree on far than they disagree on In broadest terms, they are bot [...]

    21. A worthwhile look at several of the major, foundational topics about who Jesus was and what His significance is, from the perspectives of two good friends who have significantly different views Each topic e.g His teachings, His death, His resurrection, His divinity, His second coming, etc is addressed first by one author, then the other.Though I generally agree with Wright, I was surprised by the extent to which I could respect Borg s views For example, prior to reading the book, I would have f [...]

    22. I am both confounded and very happy that these two very different theologians co authored this book about Jesus They go to great lengths to find common ground and to treat each others writing respectfully In the preface they say it is because they are friends That s just so wonderful But they do not avoid their major differences, and this makes the book a lively but friendly debate Tom Wright brilliantly describes a faith in the resurrected messiah Jesus that is historically grounded and that br [...]

    23. I ploughed through this book,and parts of it were really very interesting I felt like I was reading a book for an upper level college class It stretched me I think it would be a great book to read in a Sunday School class or a small group where readers could discuss it chapter by chapter It s definitely NOT a summer beach read I felt bad that Marcus Borg thought that Jesus first miracle, turning water into wine during the wedding at Cana, was simply a metaphor Waaaaaa I love that miracle And I l [...]

    24. This is a fascinating debate about the historical Jesus between renowned liberal and conservative scholars Marcus Borg and N.T Wright, respectively both of whom also happen to be close friends.The book presents one essay by each of them in response to a question or topic How do we know about Jesus , The Death of Jesus , Was Jesus God , etc At the heart of the matter is their disagreement about whether the truth of a gospel story is dependent on it being grounded in a particular historical event [...]

    25. My Thoughts On The Authors1 Marcus Borga I enjoyed reading Marcus Borgb Marcus writing is very clean, concise, and easy to follow unlike Wright.c I appreciate the challenging that Borg brings to the table 1 N.T Wrighta Wright unfortunately lost me most of the time This wasn t because of my inability to understand the reading level Every time the chapter would transition from Borg to Wright, I hoped that Wright would ease off of his fetish with creating sentences that resemble run on s One of his [...]

    26. This is an excellent book between two Christian heavyweights Tom is conversvative while Marcus is very liberal An excellent read to get the viewpoints on both sides of the equation.The book tackles some strong topics topics traditional Christians may not have even considered worth debating They debate whether the virgin birth story was real, whether there was an empty tomb and how important a full resurection is, the composition of the new testament Q theory, dates of writing, etc , etc There is [...]

    27. After reading three books by N.T Wright and three books written by Marcus J Borg, it was interesting to read the one they did together It helped define the differences between these two Bible scholars, as with alternating chapters they shared very different perspectives I recommend this book for persons who have read and enjoyed other books by these two fine authors Wouldn t it be wonderful if all Christians could follow their example and remain friends even when their viewpoints of scripture ar [...]

    28. I wish I had read about the historical Jesus earlier in my life If I had, I would better understand Jesus mission and message Although Wright and Borg have very different understandings for the implications of the historical Jesus and are willing to or unwilling to accept debatable aspects of Jesus life, I still come out of the reading with a greater respect for Jesus mission and message I consider this book to be another read that is helping me to deconstruct the evangelical and fundamentalist [...]

    29. This book changed my life, and was an epic theological read, and has given me much to think about, pray about, and by Grace, to live out in my life.

    30. Sometimes a difficult read but at other times there are real moments of clarity that I have found extremely helpful The differences between Borg and Wright are blurry in some spots, and there are times when the practical implications of the obvious differences escape me, but overall I can say that these two perspectives have drawn me closer to the heart of God in a way I wasn t expecting.

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