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Spong, John Shelby

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Works: 153 works in 373 publications in 9 languages and 15,743 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Controversial literature  Biography  Introductions 
Roles: Author
Classifications: BR124, 230
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Rescuing the Bible from fundamentalism : a bishop rethinks the meaning of Scripture by John Shelby Spong( Book )
13 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and Korean and held by 1,406 libraries worldwide
Bishop Spong makes a clear case against the dangers of a literal interpretation of the Bible and argues that we need to rethink the Bible's story in the light of the realities of modern-day science and contemporary lifestyles. He calls for a new dialogue on the Bible, on that will incorporate the truth and beauty of scripture with an understanding of the culture in which the Bible was written
Jesus for the non-religious : recovering the divine at the heart of the human by John Shelby Spong( Book )
20 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 993 libraries worldwide
Poses an argument for the importance of separating the teachings and examples of Jesus from the restrictive dogma of modern religious institutions in order to render Christ a more accessible role model
The sins of Scripture : exposing the Bible's texts of hate to reveal the God of love by John Shelby Spong( Book )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 984 libraries worldwide
An exploration of biblical passages that are used to justify discrimination, oppression, and violence against minorities, members of other faiths, and the environment seeks to reveal and recover the texts' ultimate depth and purpose
Born of a woman : a bishop rethinks the birth of Jesus by John Shelby Spong( Book )
14 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 947 libraries worldwide
Provocatively shows the Bible's depiction of a virginal, revered yet subservient, Mary to be a "subtle, unconscious source for the continued oppression of women" and a God-given legitimization of the second-class status of women in Western history. The legacy of the Mary myths, suggests Spong, is pervasive and can be seen in our attitudes toward women and female sexuality, sexual harassment in the workplace, the notion of a celibate priesthood, and the exclusion of women
Living in sin? : a bishop rethinks human sexuality by John Shelby Spong( Book )
13 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 892 libraries worldwide
Spong assesses the traditional roles of men, women, and marriage in light of modern mores and addresses such issues as homosexuality, divorce, celibacy, and the ordination of woman
Resurrection : myth or reality? : a bishop's search for the origins of Christianity by John Shelby Spong( Book )
12 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 890 libraries worldwide
The Episcopal Bishop of Newark compares the New Testament witness to antecedents in the Hebrew scriptures, arguing that many of the details of Jesus' life, and especially his crucifix, derive from the Jewish tradition of Midrash
Liberating the Gospels : reading the Bible with Jewish eyes : freeing Jesus from 2,000 years of misunderstanding by John Shelby Spong( Book )
9 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and held by 831 libraries worldwide
In this book, the author argues that the Gospels should be recognized as thoroughly Jewish texts and should be read with a clear understanding of the Jewish context, frame of reference, vocabulary, and history that shaped and informed them
Re-claiming the Bible for a non-religious world by John Shelby Spong( Book )
11 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 664 libraries worldwide
Explores the origin and meaning of each book of the Bible, arguing that the text should not be regarded as authoritative and instead should be open to interpretation to accommodate the ever-changing modern world
Eternal life : pious dream or realistic hope? by John Shelby Spong( Book )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 581 libraries worldwide
A controversial bishop continues to challenge traditional Christian theology with his thoughts on one of the most profound issues of all: God and life after death
The fourth gospel : tales of a Jewish mystic by John Shelby Spong( Book )
10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 565 libraries worldwide
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
This Hebrew Lord : a bishop's search for the authentic Jesus by John Shelby Spong( Book )
6 editions published between 1974 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 547 libraries worldwide
From the bestselling author of Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: John Shelby Spong's original groundbreaking classic, now newly revised, reveals the Jesus "behind the language of myth, magic, and superstition." "In this study I found a Lord, a center for my being. Behind the supernatural framework of the first century ... I discovered a life I wanted to know; a life that possessed a power I wanted to possess; a freedom, a wholeness for which I had yearned for years." Illuminating the "figure who stands at the center of all the Christina Church is," John Shelby Spong explores Jesus under the light of the Hebrew tradition into which he was born. Candid, personal, and soundly argued, this is Spong's spiritual and intellectual pilgrimage to the Christ he discovered in Jesus of Nazareth
Eternal life : a new vision : beyond religion, beyond theism, beyond heaven and hell by John Shelby Spong( Book )
6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 343 libraries worldwide
A controversial bishop continues to challenge traditional Christian theology with his thoughts on one of the most profound issues of all: God and life after death
The Easter moment by John Shelby Spong( Book )
8 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 216 libraries worldwide
The Easter Moment tells the moving story of Spong's friendship with a young physician dying of cancer and how that relationship shed new light on the years of study the author has devoted to the great mystery of what actually happened on that long-ago Easter when the whole history of the human race was changed. Spong is willing to ask tough and searching questions and to come up with startling and significant answers to what happened after death that first fateful Easter, and what that means for thinking about life after death today
Dialogue : in search of Jewish-Christian understanding by John Shelby Spong( Book )
5 editions published between 1975 and 1999 in English and held by 212 libraries worldwide
Into the whirlwind : the future of the church by John Shelby Spong( Book )
4 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
Biblical literalism : a gentile heresy : a journey into a new Christianity through the doorway of Matthew's gospel by John Shelby Spong( Book )
2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 179 libraries worldwide
"In this profound work, bestselling author and the former Episcopal Bishop of Newark John Shelby Spong offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today. Pulling back the layers of misunderstanding created over the centuries by Gentile ignorance of things Jewish, he reveals how a literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from the original intent of the Jewish authors of the gospels that it has become an act of heresy. Using the gospel of Matthew as a guide, Spong explores the New Testament's literary and liturgical roots its grounding in Jewish culture, symbols, icons, and storytelling tradition to explain how the events of Jesus's 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 to be events of history, thus distorting their essential meaning."--Provided by publisher
Beyond moralism : a contemporary view of the Ten commandments by John Shelby Spong( Book )
5 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
This thought-provoking guide takes a candid look at the moral issues we face in our daily lives. Using the Ten Commandments as a starting point, the authors bring fresh analysis to such problems as the morality of war in a nuclear age, equitable tax structures, abortion, marital fidelity, capital punishment, care of aging parents, euthanasia, homosexuality, and other contemporary concerns. Beyond Moralism offers solid guidance that is consistent with the Word of God as heard throughout the ages
Honest prayer by John Shelby Spong( Book )
2 editions published between 1972 and 2000 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
Reveals how Christian life, faith, and prayer can become an integrated whole
Jesus for the non religious by John Shelby Spong( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
"Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity." In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding, from the tale of Jesus' miraculous birth to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky. He questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, or that the miracle stories were ever meant to be descriptions of supernatural events. He also speaks directly to those critics of Christianity who call God a "delusion" and who describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive. Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first century synagogue. He proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity. Jesus for the Non-Religious may be the book that finally brings the pious and the secular into a meaningful dialogue, opening the door to a living Christianity in the post-Christian world"--Publisher's web site
The letters of Paul ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 114 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
John Shelby Spong Amerikaans priester
John Shelby Spong amerikansk præst
John Shelby Spong amerikansk präst
John Shelby Spong amerikansk prest
John Shelby Spong US-amerikanischer Bischof von Newark
Shelby Spong, John
Shelby Spong, John 1931-
Spong, J.S.
Spong, John S.
Spong, John S. 1931-
Спонг, Джон Шелби
존 셸비 스퐁
スポング, ジョン・シェルビー
Languages
English (212)
Spanish (6)
Korean (6)
German (3)
French (3)
Danish (2)
Japanese (2)
Swedish (1)
Finnish (1)
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