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    DescriptionJohn Shelby Spong, bestselling author and popular proponent of a modern, scholarly and authentic Christianity, argues that this last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literary, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple." The Fourth Gospel was designed first to place Jesus into the context of the Jewish scriptures, then to place him into the worship patterns of the synagogue and finally to allow him to be viewed through the lens of a popular form of first-century Jewish mysticism.The result of this intriguing study is not only to recapture the original message of this gospel, but also to provide us today with a radical new dimension to the claim that in the humanity of Jesus the reality of God has been met and engaged.


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    Title
    The Fourth Gospel
    Subtitle
    Tales of a Jewish Mystic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Shelby Spong
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 342
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780062011305
    ISBN 10: 0062011308
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG, HRCS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15420
    Libri: I-RK
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: REL070000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    Ingram Subject Code: RK
    BISAC V2.8: REL006100
    BIC subject category V2: HRCF2
    DC22: 226.506, 226.5/06
    BISAC V2.8: REL006220
    DC23: 226.506
    LC classification: BS2615.52 .S66 2013
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVC, QRVK, QRMF13
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperOne
    Publication date
    04 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "In his 24th book, "The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic, " the always provocative Bishop John Shelby Spong takes on the Gospel of John, opening new windows of insight and challenging the ways the fourth gospel has usually been understood."--"Publishers Weekly"