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The First Christmas Borg and Crossan

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: The First Christmas Borg and Crossan Reply with quote

The First Christmas by Marcus Borg and Dom Crossan (Harper 2007). The subject of the book is the accounts of Matthew and Luke (Chap. 1-2) of the birth of Jesus, both works of fiction contrived to make Jesus, as "Son of God" "Lord" and "Saviour", compete with Caesar Augustus (and the whole concept of Empire) in the perception of the readers. (How many literate readers of Greek were there in Luke's time, does one suppose? Who was the target market?) The rationale is that the truth is in the "parabolic" meaning, not in the "facts."
B & C do not deal well with their own modern translation of the Greek account of the shepherds' heavenly host, who proclaim God's "peace among those whom he favours." This contradicts the earlier statement that this is "good news of great joy for all the people."
The choice is between peace by victory (the gospel according to Augustus Caesar), or peace by justice, the gospel according to Jesus. Eschatology is about here and now, not the hereafter. Wink
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