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    John Shelby Spong(Author)

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In This Study I Found A Lord, a center for my being. Behind the supernatural framework of the first century...I discover 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 Christian 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 pilgrimaged to the Christ he discovered in Jesus of Nazareth.

In this candid, impassioned, and soundly argued exploration, a provocative author illuminates Jesus by examining his thoughts, words, and deeds by the light of the Hebrew tradition into which he was born. John Shelby Spong, the Episcopal Bishop of Newark before his retirement in 2000, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at more than 500 other universities all over the world. His books, which have sold well over a million copies, include Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy; The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic; Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World; Eternal Life: A New Vision; Jesus for the Non-Religious, The Sins of Scripture, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?; Why Christianity Must Change or Die; and his autobiography, Here I Stand. He writes a weekly column on the web that reaches thousands of people all over the world. To join his online audience, go to He lives with his wife, Christine, in New Jersey.

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  • John Shelby Spong(Author)
  • HarperOne; Subsequent edition (March 5, 1993)
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  • By Nanvan on February 12, 2014

    Over the years as Bishop Spong researched and studied about the Jewish Jesus, he had become more and more enamored with the Hebrew people and their writings. He attended the Sabbath synagogue on Friday eves while he was a priest in Lynchburg, VA. He became a “Hebrewphile,” as he calls himself, and was nick-named the “blond rabbi of Lynchburg.” (Pg.12) He devoted a year exploring “Who is Jesus of Nazareth,” using the Gospel of Luke as his primary study tool. In the course of this study, he writes, “I found a Lord, a center for my being.... I discovered a life I wanted to know, a power I wanted to possess, a wholeness for which I had yearned for years.... I first sought to be a cold and penetrating rationalist, seeking to pull back the layers of religious accretion that hid this Jesus from me; but somehow in the process I discovered that I had become a kind of Hebrew mystic....” (pp.13, 14)A good part of the book is devoted to early associations of Jesus as the NEW Moses, the NEW Elijah, and especially as the Suffering Servant of Isaiah. After these chapters, Bishop Spong started to get a little too “mystical” (for lack of a better word) for me. Maybe I was reading his words too literally – or perhaps he became more progressive in his thinking in later years. I much prefer and can relate more comfortably to his later works. He seemed to me to get rather wordy in an almost mystical sense in the last part of the book, and I had some difficulty relating to those last several chapters. Perhaps I am further out in “believer’s exile” than he was when he first wrote this book. Unless I have totally read him wrong, here he sounds like he really wants to believe more than he actually does believe, and his “wordiness” seems to belie this dilemma.I have read well over a dozen of Bishop Spong’s books and loved them all, some of course more than others. “This Hebrew Lord” is interesting, well researched and well written, but the latter part of the book didn’t capture my imagination or hold my attention, whereas most of his later books captured my complete attention from beginning to end. It’s still a worthwhile read. After all, Jesus was Jewish, so we should look at him in that context.

  • By Edward J. Barton on June 16, 2012

    John Shelby Spong is one of the most prolific authors on what has become known as Progressive Christianity. This approach to Christianity essentially allegorizes the Biblical accounts - both Old and New Testaments - and distills them to symbolic and universal truths rather than historical or literal events.This book was Spong's earliest success and it is less about his search for the "historical" Jesus than the "authentic" one. Providing both an autobiographical and theological background, Spong takes the reader through the allegories of Jesus as the new Moses, Jesus as the new Elijah, and Jesus as the suffering servant of Isaiah. Using the background of Jesus as a Jewish pesant of the first century, he points out the Hebrew concept of God in everything and everything in God - where life is worship and religious experience, rather than the Greco-Platonic view of dualism and a distant and unapproachable heavenly realm.Translating and interpreting these allegories, Spong leans heavily on the Gospels of Luke and John to paint a picture of an "authentic" Jesus that was the personification of life, love, justice, equality and peace (in a transcendant sense). Embracing the authentic Jesus as fully human, we are called to imitate Him and live love and experience life abundantly.If you haven't been exposed to Spong or this approach to Christian theology, the book will challenge your beliefs and your traditions. However, Spong makes a cogent case for a 21st Century Christianity in a time of science and skepticism. How important is the meaning of the message versus the literalness of it? That is a question each reader will ask after considering the content of this book.

  • By C. Skidmore on May 1, 2017

    Much of mainstream Christianity has lost track of the good news for this life of the gospels. Spong seems to have gotten to the core of why Jesus life and teachings were good news to the Hebrews that he lived and taught among. Going back to the historic context helps to carve the real message out of the extraneous stuff that the church put together in order to control people. This is a very good read.

  • By Mr LoRo on November 1, 2014

    Probably my very favorite JSSpong book. I love how he digs in and tells us what the ancient Jewish mindset was like. I find that my faith (Religious Science) is very comparable to this mindset. I've read and re-read this book. One of my very favorite by one of my very favorite authors!

  • By jazzman on July 9, 2014

    The New Testament is written in Greek and Greek influence in our understanding ideas and experience has been enormous. The result is that Jewish understanding of important notions such as "soul" or "worship" is seen through the cultural lens of Greek language and cultural interpretation. In " The Hebrew Lord" Spong reaches back to the religious and cultural understandings of the Jews as to how they understood their traditions and history. The result is not only illuminating but a rethinking the dualism, like for instance the separation of body and soul as has come to us from the Greek understanding of those two ideas. This book is helpful corrective to understanding Jesus more fully within his culture.

  • By King David LLC on November 25, 2017

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  • By Britt E. Towery on March 23, 2018

    Five Stars due this book as it stresses the importance of seeking Jesus thru Jewish eyes. Clear view of faith of early Christians,

  • By Rich on January 15, 2018

    Marcus Borg first caused me to confront and question the story's of the Bible but Spong has changed my beliefs so much more and gave more explanation so that I am becoming more at ease with my beliefs.

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