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The fourth gospel : tales of a Jewish mystic

Author: John Shelby Spong
Publisher: San Francisco : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : English : FIRST EDITIONView all editions and formats
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Reveals how John's teachings in the Gospel of John, which centered around heightened consciousness, inner being, and an immanent sense of God, are more relevant in today's post-Christian world than ever before.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Shelby Spong
ISBN: 9780062011305 0062011308
OCLC Number: 821067114
Description: 342 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introducing the Fourth Gospel. Setting the stage ; John : one Gospel, more than one author ; Separating John from the other Gospels ; The work of a Palestinian Jew ; Tracing the Jewish roots of the prologue ; Permeating wisdom : the doorway into Jewish mysticism ; John the non-literalist --
The Book of Signs : mythological characters wrapped inside history. The Mother of Jesus : introduction to the Book of Signs ; Nicodemus : what it means to be born of the Spirit ; The Samaritan woman by the well : a new dimension of the Jesus experience ; The Gentile official's son : the meaning of God and faith ; The man crippled for thirty-eight years ; Andrew and Philip : the Red Sea and manna ; The brothers of Jesus: a debate on origins ; The man born blind : the split from Judaism is complete ; Lazarus : breaking the final barrier --
The Farewell Discourses and the High Priestly Prayer. Peter and the commandment to love ; Not atonement, but glory! John clarifies Jesus' death ; The analogy of the vine : God is indwelling, not external ; The Prayer of Jesus : Gethsemane transformed --
The Passion narrative : from darkness to light, from death to life. A brief introduction to the climax of this Gospel ; Judas : the figure of darkness ; Peter : the struggle within the soul ; Pilate : the conflict between survival and truth ; At the cross : the Mother of Jesus and the Beloved Disciple ; It is finished : water and blood flow together --
Resurrection : mystical oneness revealed. Introducing John's story of Easter ; Magdalene : do not cling to what is, journey into what can be ; Peter and the Beloved Disciple : resurrection dawns without a body ; Pentecost : the Second Coming of Jesus : it was "a little while" ; Thomas : the final witness, the ultimate claim ; The epilogue : resurrection is not physical, but it is real.
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Reveals how John's teachings in the Gospel of John, which centered around heightened consciousness, inner being, and an immanent sense of God, are more relevant in today's post-Christian world than ever before.

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