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Michael

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marcus J. Borg
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Modern Christians are steeped in a language so distorted that it has become a stumbling block to the religion, says internationally renowned Bible scholar Marcus J. Borg. Borg argues that Christianity';s important words, and the sacred texts and stories in which those words are embedded, have been narrowed by a modern framework for the faith that emphasizes sin, forgiveness, Jesus dying for our sins, and the afterlife. Here, Borg employs the "historical-metaphorical" method for understanding Christian language that can restore for us thesewords of power and transformation.

    Donna says: "Say That Again With Different Words"
    "Great Book, OK Presentation"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A good book that would be a good read for someone already familiar with the Christian story who is struggling with questions of Christianity's relevancy in the 21st century.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the fresh take on the meaning of the language of faith and the ways in which Borg roots his understanding in the cultural and linguistic context of the Bible.


    Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't heard John Pruden before, but felt that his reading did not always capture the wry wit of Marcus Borg. I have heard Borg speak and sometimes I imagined passages having a different tone or nuance than the one that Pruden put on it.


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  • The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to questions about Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion. Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem.

    Valerie says: "Fantastic review"
    "A Great & Startling View of the Last Week of Jesus"
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    Crossan and Borg outdo themselves with this book. A great "read" that gives significant insight into the historical Jesus and the vision which inspired him. A must for anyone serious about embracing the deep tradition that extends back beyond the medieval traditions that still dominate most of Christianity (both protestant and catholic). Pruden does a more than adequate job, although his lack of knowledge in the vocabulary of biblical exegesis shows at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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