Jesus by Marcus J. Borg
When I saw Eva’s review of Marcus J. Borg’s Jesus over at A Striped Armchair last April, I knew I had to read it. Not only did Eva like it (a good point in a book’s favor for me), but it sounded absolutely fascinating to me. Moving around a lot as a kid left me without a lot of the more traditional religious education other Christian kids get, so it sounded like a perfect way to both fill in my gaps and take a look at the teachings of Jesus in his historical context.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
While president, [Thomas Jefferson] spent some evenings with the gospels and a pair of scissors cutting out the parts that in his judgment did not go back to Jesus. (One wonders what would happen if a president were to do this today.)
pg. 13 of Jesus by Marcus J. Borg.
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Last semester, I took a 100 level Anthropology class, which was utterly fascinating. There was so much to learn; for instance, did you know that the concept of race is mostly an American social construct? We often mean ethnicity instead. Although I did feel a few steps ahead of the curve when we looked at gender and sexuality, being an ace who often has to try and teach people that asexuality is real and doubting it will rarely endear you to the one you are talking to. But with that class under my belt, I feel much better equipped to take on these two books that look at the female experience in India and in Muslim countries.
The Literary Horizon is taking a look at two books about religion that have caught my eye–especially since they discuss Jesus and the very concept of God in a historical context. Let’s dive right in!