Jesus: A New Vision: Spirit, Culture, and the Life of Discipleship

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A thoughtful, well-researched historical portrait of Jesus as charismatic, healer, sage, and prophet--as spiritual, deeply political, and fully consistent with the gospel presentation.

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Marcus J. Borg is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and author of many books, including Jesus: A New Vision and Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.

N. T. Wright is Canon of Westminster Cathedral, London, and visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School. His many works include The Original Jesus and Jesus and the Victory of God.

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"Borg pours a lifetime of scholarship into this provocative overview of Jesus’s life." -- Detriot Free Press

"Jesus: A New Vision not only helps us recover how Jesus appeared to his contemporariesas a God-intoxicated manbut also helps us gain a fresh perspective on understanding Jesus' significance for our times." -- Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University, author of Against the Nations

"A scholar who is alive in wonder and belief, Borg accomplishes the hardest task of all: he looks at the obvious and helps us to see it as if for the first time. " -- Eugene H. Peterson, author of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Working the Angles, and Reversed Thunder

"Borg's new book distills a wealth of scholarship into a readily accessible form, and demonstrates that the study of the historical Jesus is still highly relevant to the contemporary church and world. He makes the bold attempt to integrate serious study of the historical Jesus with the study of religion in general. The result is an exciting treatment that continually jolts the reader into seeing well-known themes in fresh, sometimes startling light. Borg has issued an important challenge both to mainline scholarship and popular piety." -- N. Thomas Wright, Worcester College, Oxford University

"Is it possible in our secular age to restore Jesus to the decisive place that Christians for 2,000 years have accorded him? In Jesus: A New Vision, Marcus Borg does it. Without bypassing New Testament scholarship at any point, this breakthrough book restores to Jesus the Spiritin the full-blooded, ontological sense of that wordthat scholarship has so largely drained him of. Point by point Borg shows how Jesus' empowering relation with God issued in a social program that is as relevant to today's world as to the one in which he lived. This is the book about Jesus I have been waiting for my entire career." -- Huston Smith, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus, Syracuse University, author of The Religions of Man and Forgotten Truth

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