Marcus Borg is the author of eighteen books, including Jesus: A New Vision (1987) and the best-seller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time(1994); The God We Never Knew (1997); The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (1999); Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001), andThe Heart of Christianity (2003), both best-sellers.
His latest books are Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most (2014); Speaking Christian (2011); Putting Away Childish Things (a novel – 2010); Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (a New York Times Best-Seller – 2006); Conversations with Scripture: Mark (2009); and three books co-authored with John Dominic Crossan, The Last Week (2006), The First Christmas (2007), and The First Paul (2009).
His work has been translated into eleven languages: German, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and French. His doctor’s degree is from Oxford University, and he has lectured widely overseas (England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel and South Africa) and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian Institutions.
Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most
Reflecting on what matters most, both for the church and for Americans, leading biblical scholar and premiere teacher for Protestant churches, Marcus Borg surveys the most significant conversations and personalities that shaped his life, and presents his convictions about the faith and it’s role in the twenty-first century.
“Borg, a prolific biblical scholar, guides the reader into understanding . . . the process by which the biblical material developed. . . . A good guide to the background and content of the New Testament.”
– Library Journal
“This book could start a revolution. Borg cracks open the encrusted words of faith and pops them into fresh language that people can understand and trust.”
— Anne Sutherland Howard, Executive Director of The Beatitudes Society
“Marcus Borg has given us a novel about the great debates in Christianity (and religion) today…Read this book and give it to all who seek.”
— Nora Gallagher, author of Changing Light and Things Seen and Unseen
The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon, with John Dominic Crossan
“A refreshing and heartening exculpation of a still routinely maligned figure of the first importance to culture and civilization.” — Booklist starred review
The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Birth, with John Dominic Crossan
“With meticulous scholarship and accessible language, The First Christmas”…uncover(s) the genuine meaning of…the Birth of Jesus.”
— The Progressive Christian
“Borg pours a lifetime of scholarship into this provocative overview of Jesus’s life.” — Detroit Free Press
The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem. with John Dominic Crossan (hardcover)
Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’s final week of life.
La Ultima Semana: Un Relato Diario de la Ultima Semana de Jesus en Jerusalen, with John Dominic Crossan
(Spanish edition of The Last Week) Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’s final week of life.
“A winsome, accessible, pastoral offering … Borg provides a way for an important, positive, and serious rethinking of the gospel.”
— Walter Brueggemann
“This companion to The Heart of Christianity is an invaluable resource that provides the tools to talk about Borg’s new vision for a life of Christian faith.”
“Takes the Bible back from the specialists…nothing short of a blessing, even a miracle!” — Peter J. Gomes
“For many contemporary Christians, Biblical scholarship is seen as the enemy of faith. In a personal and highly readable account, Marcus Borg shows how Christians can explore contemporary scholarship as a way toward a far more dynamic and meaningful faith.”
— Rosemary Radford Ruether, author of Gaia and God