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  • Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy

  • A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel
  • By: John Shelby Spong
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A man who has consciously and deliberately walked the path of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his entire life inside the Christian Church. In this profound and considered work, he offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, history, and patterns of worship. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • understanding the jewish thoughts in the Gospels

  • By J. T. Foster on 08-30-18

understanding the jewish thoughts in the Gospels

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-30-18

If you are a Fundamentalist then you'll mark this book with a one star. If you employ your reasoning skills with an open mind to the in-depth studies and work of this Bishop, whose life for 40 years was dedicated to God, you'll see he loves Jesus but he knows what the jewish authors intended in their writings. It's shocking to some but Jesus is built up by Old Testament promises of a jewish Messiah. As Gentiles, we failed terribly in the understanding of the gospels. What this book outlines is backed by scholarly academic researchers. Keeping our faith is a very important human need but we must seek explanations for things we don't fully understand. I have found that if you acquire an easy answer to a biblical question then it is probably false. Try to compare and contrast the explanations cited in this book to other sources in your library- not what you recall from Sunday School or sermons. Even after accomplishing all this, you may find another path for your understanding of God. Bishop Spong provided me with a wonderful understanding of scripture.

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  • Jesus for the Non-Religious

  • By: John Shelby Spong
  • Narrated by: John Shelby Spong, Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity". In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilaratng and ultimately frustrating

  • By Paula on 04-27-07

WILL CHANGE YOUR VIEWS OF THE FOUR GOSPELS

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-28-13

Where does Jesus for the Non-Religious rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The subject matter is of great interest to me; hence, the works of John Shelby Spong ranks highest in my library of books.

What other book might you compare Jesus for the Non-Religious to and why?

I am only aware of course material through the Teaching Company that could come close to the academic study of the New Testament.

What about John Shelby Spong and Alan Sklar ’s performance did you like?

Clear and concise

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Chapter by Chapter there were learning experiences but I suspect the realization that the chapters that talked of the authors of the Gospels using the events that were claimed would happen on the return of the Messiah as recorded in the Old Testament to expand their Gospels after Mark was available really floored me.

Any additional comments?

If you wish to do a detail comparative analysis of the Gospels and the "why" then this book is great. Those that view the Bible as the true word of God should avoid this reading.

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