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Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes (Paperback)

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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, the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at more than 500 other universities all over the world. His books, which have sold well over a million copies, include Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?; Why Christianity Must Change or Die; and his autobiography, Here I Stand. He writes a weekly column on the web that reaches thousands of people all over the world. To join his online audience, go to He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060675578
ISBN-10: 0060675578
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: November 25th, 1997
Pages: 384
Language: English