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Resurrection : Myth or Reality - John Shelby Spong


Myth or Reality

Paperback Published: 10th March 1995
ISBN: 9780060674298
Number Of Pages: 352

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Using approaches from the Hebrew interpretive tradition to discern the actual events surrounging Jesus' death, Bishop Spong questions the hitorical validity of literal narrative concerned the Ressurection. He asserts that the resurrection story was born in an experience that opened the disciples' eyes to the reality of God and the meaning of Jesus of Nazareth. Spong traces the Christian origins of anti-Semitism to the Church's fabrication of the ultimate Jewish scapegoat, Judas Iscariot. He affirms the inclusiveness of the Christian message and emphasizes the necessity of mutual integrity and respect among Christians and Jews.

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Approaching the Resurrection
The Method Called Midrashp. 3
The Impact of Easter - A Place to Beginp. 23
The Vehicle of Words - An Unsteady Shipp. 33
Examining the Biblical Texts
The Witness of Paulp. 47
Mark: The Kerygma Is Joined to the Sepulcherp. 57
Matthew: Polemics Enter the Traditionp. 65
Luke: The Turn Toward Gentile Understandingsp. 74
John: Sometimes Primitive, Sometimes Highly Developedp. 87
A New Starting Pointp. 97
Interpretive Images
The Primitive Interpretive Imagesp. 111
The Atoning Sacrifice - The Image of the Book of Hebrewsp. 121
The Suffering Servant - The Image of 2 Isaiahp. 131
The Son of Man - The Image of the Book of Danielp. 144
Clues That Lead Us Toward Easter
The First Clue: It Occurred in Galilee, Not in Jerusalemp. 161
The Second Clue: The Primacy of Peterp. 181
The Third Clue: The Common Mealp. 198
The Fourth Clue: The Third Day - An Eschatological Symbolp. 210
The Fifth Clue: The Burial Tradition As Mythologyp. 221
Reconstructing the Easter Moment
But What Did Happen? A Speculative Reconstructionp. 233
Grounding the Speculation in Scripturep. 261
Life After Death - This I Do Believep. 283
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780060674298
ISBN-10: 0060674296
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 10th March 1995
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 14.5 x 20.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Type: New edition

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