Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel by John Shelby Spong

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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. Pulling back the layers of a long-standing Gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors’ intent that it is an act of heresy.

Using the Gospel of Matthew as a guide, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, symbols, icons, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth, the miracles, the details of the passion story, and the resurrection and ascension, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written. Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning.

In Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy, Spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us—one that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world.

Title : Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel
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ISBN : 0062362305
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Bob rated it ★★★☆☆

July 23, 2017

Once again John Shelby Spong startles the fundamentalists and educates the intelligent with his latest and - I think - best book yet. In Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel, Bishop Spong uses the Gospel According to St....

Robert rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 27, 2016

The quest for the historical Jesus has tended to devolve into an act of looking into a well and seeing one's own reflection. That was Albert Schweitzer's analysis more than a century ago and it still remains true to this day. The way in which this reflection is cast will change, but not necessari...

Patty rated it ★★★☆☆

January 22, 2016

I will put a quote here when this book is published. I lived in New Jersey for the first 18 years of my life and have continued to visit family and friends in the garden state. Some of my friends are Episcopalian and Spong was their bishop for more than 20 years. His theology is very liberal and h...

Cathryn rated it ★★★★★

April 10, 2017

This book COULD do a lot of things to its readers. It could make you angry. It could make you throw something. It could make you change your views about religion. It could make you question everything you hold dear. Or it could make you say, "FINALLY!" This book WILL do one thing: It will make you...

Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up* rated it ★★★☆☆

January 16, 2018

3 very conflicted stars. Let's break it down. 5 stars for the concept buried within here: Namely, that the Gospels (in particular, Matthew and to a similar degree Mark) were written not for biography or posterity but for liturgical use by the early Christians within a Jewish synagogical setting. T...

Tonya rated it ★★★☆☆

January 13, 2018

The author of this book was actually labeled a heretic -you know, like, recently. So know that going in. This is not a book for anyone who does not have a firm grasp on his/her faith or a strong knowledge of the Bible. I enjoyed the author's argument and its explanations and I agree with many of...

Nathan rated it ★★★☆☆

July 12, 2016

Spong is a problematic writer. While not a scholar he enjoys taking leaps without any data to back up his claims. While he poses a quite interesting thesis he fails, in the end, to back up his claims. What was most interesting in this book what Spong's digging into the OT to see its reflection in...

Y.S. rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 02, 2018

A Book Reviewer's Struggles: I struggled to write a book review for this book - almost gave up writing it all together. Let’s just say I had mixed feelings after getting to around page 50 of the book. On one hand, I recognise the problems to which the author is proposing solutions. On the other ha...

Helaine rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

John Spong's thesis is that the gospel of Matthew was originally written with the liturgical year of the synagogue as the organizing principle and that the Christian gospels are deeply Jewish and "reflect the Jewish scriptures, Jewish history and Jewish patterns of worship." When the congregation...

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

May 23, 2017

I thought the author's approach to answering the question of how the earliest gospels were preserved was quite interesting. While we obviously can't know for sure, he makes a compelling case that the Book of Matthew was part of the liturgy in the Jewish synagogue before it was put to paper in the...

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