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This is an auction for BORN OF A WOMAN: A BISHOP RETHINKS THE BIRTH OF JESUS, by John Shelby Spong.

"Spong, an Episcopal bishop and best-selling author provides a courageous look at the biblical stories of the birth of Jesus, and their implications. Spong is careful to acknowledge previous scholars and to distinguish fact or knowledge from speculation. He encourages a midrashish or imaginative approach to the Gospels and points out how literalism of scripture and creed in the Virgin Mary references led to sexism in church teaching. This book is a marvelous combination of scholarly, speculative, and imaginative reflection written in language accessible to the theologically unsophisticated. Highly recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

Amazon.com review:

"This book gives insight into an interesting way of interpreting the meaning of Biblical content and also provides its authors conclusions. The title "Born of A Woman" characterizes the theme of the author's research pathway regarding the origins of Jesus of Nazereth, the man, as told in the gospels. The title does not reveal much about his conclusions regarding the negative effects of masculine church leadership and perpetuation of the 'Virgin Mary' myths which have dominated the Christian churches since their original formulation. For those who feel the need to embody Christian principles in real life as important contributions to human endeavor but feel skeptical in the face of literal interpretation of Biblical stories, Spong provides a lens to view the information authored nearly two thousand years ago that is refreshing and revealing. Undoubtedly, his perspective is very useful to me and I think it will be to many others."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 1992.

245 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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