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The Fourth Gospel : Tales of a Jewish Mystic

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Rescuing John's Gospel from Its Creedal Captivity

John 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 literacy, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters, from Nicodemus and Lazarus to the "Beloved Disciple." The result of this intriguing study not only recaptures the original message of this gospel, but also provides 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 134.62 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062011316
  • 9780062011312
  • 151,054

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Spong stands on solid scholarship. . . . More important than the negatives to the profoundly persuasive author is the unburnished positive: . . . The Fourth Gospel calls on the faithful to believe that Jesus achieved the mystical oneness with the God who is the source of life. --"Publishers Weekly""
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