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Evolution of the Word

Reading the New Testament in the Order It Was Written

Author(s): Marcus J. Borg

ISBN13: 9780062082107

ISBN10: 0062082108

Publisher: HarperOne (28 Jun 2012)

Extent: 608 pages

Binding: Hardback

Size: 23.1 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm

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  • By presenting the New Testament books in the order they were written, bestselling Bible scholar Marcus Borg reveals how spiritually and politically radical the early Jesus movement was when it began, and how it slowly became domesticated.


    Everyone knows the New Testament begins with the Gospel of Matthew, but how many people know it wasactually one of the later books to be written – it was not even the first Gospel! By re-ordering the New Testament books in the sequence of when they were written, Borg provides a wonderful tutorial on howthe core ideas of Christianity took shape and developed over time.With introductions and sidebars to each of the books of the Bible, as well the oral history of what Jesus saidbefore it was written down, Borg reveals how what began as a radical Jewish faith transformed itself intoChristianity.


    From Paul’s authentic letters and the first dramatic telling of Jesus’ story in Mark, we see how an antiimperialmovement started a religious revolution. But we also witness how the next generation of writersslowly began to erode the movement’s radicalism. Readers will rediscover documents they thought they knew well by seeing them in an all-new setting. Borg‘sEvolution of the Word promises to change how we think about this historic work.

  • Marcus J. Borg

    Marcus J. Borg was Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. He is now Canon Theologian at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of eighteen books, including Meeting Jesus in Mark (2011) and three written with John Dominic Crossan: The Last Week (2006), The First Christmas (2007), and The First Paul (2009).

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