• Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

  • The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith
  • By: Marcus J. Borg
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. Now, in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining. 

Drawing on his own journey from a naïve, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life - one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community. 

In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus's character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith.

©1994 Marcus J. Borg (P)2018 Tantor

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first thing he did was deny Christ's deity.

when he opened up to say that he was a professor of the Bible secular University I was skeptical but open minded.But...the first thing he did was deny Christ's deity. later on he goes into homosexuality and states that it's no longer an issue with God and then he throws in universal healthcare as if God's plan to save the world comes through government welfare programs. unfortunately he sounds like every brainwashing secular professor, and I really feel sadness for this guy. God open his eyes.

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Taking me to the next level

What Marcus Borg is onto here is what I’ve been needing; it scratches an itch I’ve been feeling for a long time. Hearing this audiobook is launching me into a new and deeper understanding of Jesus and his message. I’m confident I’ll become a better follower of the Way through the insights contained here.

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Terrific book - Find a different narrator.

The narration was robotic. There was a repetitive progression of tones that was unrelated to the story - his voice designed to meet some imagined mechanical standard - totally divorced from the material. Borg writes with skill, passion and a command of history and translation. The story is engaging. The narration made it very difficult to listen for even 20 minutes at a time. Get the Kindle version or the book of you can't find another narrator.

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Great content, distracting narration

The content of the book is transformational. The narration was distracting. It sounded like it was computer-generated—too perfect and completely lacking in soul. A lot of the message is lost because of this. There is a complete mismatch between the words and the voice of the one delivering them. I plan to get the print version and read it again.

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Compelling Contemporary Scholarship

This thoughtful, heartfelt revisionist offering of the meaning of
Jesus within Christian tradition offers in-depth Biblical knowledge
juxtaposed with opportunities for contemporary application.
Mr. Borg maintains that Jesus was/is a subversive; I suggest that
Mr. Borg was/is as well, and wonderfully so.

Well read by Adam Vernier. A minor issue with textual numbering
of chapters, but everything worked well, allowing re-winds, and
pauses. This was a great experience.

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Good compact introduction to Borg

Came to this through Diana Butler Bass’ recommendation and wasn’t disappointed. Engaging, provocative, and entirely listenable, as it was based on a series of lectures. Fine neutral narration too.

Borg stretches a bit on some points (suggesting logos and sophia are “functionally equivalent”), but overall it’s well worth a read/listen or two.

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A Helpful View of Jesus

Hearing Marcus Borg's view of Jesus in this audiobook helped me make sense of my faith. I also listened to his The Heart of Christianity, which was also very good. But I liked how Borg shared some of his own story in Meeting Jesus Again For the First Time, and also how he concentrated on Jesus. I would highly recommend this book to people who are struggling with the traditional views of Christianity. But it might not be that helpful to you if you are already comfortable in your beliefs about Jesus.

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Sadly heretical.

Please, if this is your beliefs reach out to a bible believing Church! I pray the author one day finds Christ as He truly is and forgets about this world and created Jesus that they have came up with..

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Speechless

Marcus is writing about Jesus from an angle that I had not seen before, but it resonates with me. I enjoyed this book, I had some really deep self discussions and notes. If you are looking to expand your perspective of the Gospels and Christian life then this book is for you. If you are still stuck in a Sunday School Tribal mentality and scared to be challenged then skip this book.

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excellent book

this book rekindled my desire for a more meaningful relationship with God. Worth reading and then re-reading.