Explore the birth of Jesus with Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, two of today's leading Jesus scholars. They take a fresh look at the gospel accounts and help us to see what the stories mean for today as well as what they meant in Jesus' time. Hardcover.
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Pay Attention to Crossan!
Date:December 17, 2010
Location:North Manchester, IN
Frankly, I haven't read the book; it is a Christmas gift, but I have read many other books by John Domminic Crossan. He typically reveals that these stories were written before the age of enlightenment (17th C) at which time readers/hearers did not expect factual proof of events. They accepted explanations based on a three-tiered universe. We of the twenty-first century need to appreciate the difference in order to accept the stories for what they are and avoid forcing them into our literal frame of reference. Dr. Crossan will help do that.