Once and Future Bible

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This is a temporary page with preliminary information about the forthcoming book by Greg Jenks

Publication details

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Gregory C. Jenks
The Once and Future Bible
An introduction to the Bible for religious progressives.

Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2011


The author

Greg Jenks is Academic Dean at St Francis Theological College in Brisbane and teaches biblical studies in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. He is a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, an Anglican Priest, and a co-director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project in Israel. In this book he offers religious progressives an introduction to contemporary Bible scholarship that embraces critical thinking as an essential ingredient for shaping holy lives in the twenty-first century.


Early endorsements for The Once & Future Bible



Greg Jenks knows his Bible as “ancient texts that come from another world and another time,” wholly human in origin, sometimes mad, sometimes magnificent. He buries the notion of a supernatural “word of God,” only to affirm the continuing relevance of these words of yesterday’s men for today’s “religious progressives who live the questions, not dodge them.” A wonderful demonstration of how we might still find ways of singing the Lord’s song in the strange and brave new land of secular modernity.
—David Boulton
author Who on Earth was Jesus? and The Trouble with God


I have read your book and find it superb. It is a volume that the market of lay persons of all religious persuasions, and those who do not have a significant religious perspective, urgently needs. It fills an obvious current vacuum, is highly readable, entertaining, and immensely informative.
—J. Harold Ellens
author Radical Grace, The Healing Power of Spirituality and The Spirituality of Sex


Greg Jenks takes his readers on a new journey through the Holy Scriptures, reclaiming them with keen scholarship for our post-religious world. After reading the work of this emerging progressive religious thinker, the Bible will shine with a new luster.
—John Shelby Spong
author Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World.



The web site

A dedicated web site has been established to provide a central point for information about the book and to serve as a portal for resources to assist individual readers and local discussion/study groups:




Table of contents

Foreword by J. Harold Ellens
Abbreviations
Introduction

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
1. The Invention of the Bible
2. The Use and Abuse of the Bible
3. One Bible? Many Readings!
4. The Biblical World

JEWISH TEXTS IN THE BIBLE
5. Foundational Traditions
6. Public Theology
7. After Prophecy Ends
8. Second Temple Jewish Writings

CHRISTIAN TEXTS IN THE BIBLE
9. Prophet of God's Empire
10. Apostle of Christ
11. Alternative Voices
12. Imagining a Future for the Bible

APPENDICES
Progressive Religion Resources
Chronological Charts
Glossary
Bibliography



Ordering information

The book can be ordered direct from Wipf & Stock Publishers or via online retailers such as Amazon.com

Orders from Australia and New Zealand may also be placed with Mosaic Resources / Rainbow Books


For further information on ordering the book, see the dedicated web page.