John Dominic Crossan talks with Joseph Kelly

Joseph Ryan Kelly March 24, 2015 1

John Dominic Crossan, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, HarperOne, 2015, 272pp., $26.99

John Dominic Crossan, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, HarperOne, 2015, 272pp., $26.99

Joseph Kelly talks with John Dominic Crossan about his new book How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian. Crossan is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. He was co-chair of the Jesus Seminar from 1985-1996 and the president of the Society of Biblical Literature from 2011-2012. He has written 27 books.

MRB has published an excerpt from the new book here.

[Photo of Crossan by Donald Vish via Flickr.]

  • Vara Sue Tamminga

    Very helpful. The literal view of the Bible which sees the violent God imagery as sacred instructions has really harmed our civilization. Crossan helps us read the Bible as written by human beings struggling to adapt Divine encounters with the needs and distortions of their culture. Even Jesus asks us to see beyond a literal interpretation to the spiritual intent of being “born again,” for instance. We must help and heal the literal readings of the Bible when they focus on a violent God. This view is extremely dangerous in a world with nuclear weapons. Clearly, Jesus taught primarily non violence which came from his Jewish tradition. Crossan helps us to fully hear that central teaching of Jesus Christ.