The main point Borg is trying to make in chapter nine of his book is that the Bible is both personal and political. In this way he means that the reason for writing the bible is both personal and political. The Bible is personal because a renewal of faith can result in new beginnings. The bible is political because with the new kingdom of God proclaimed the bible implies a stand against the current domination system.
Borg’s proof that the bible is both political and personal is the way Jesus lived. Borg claims that Jesus’ way was both personal and political. Politically Jesus preached that all nations live under God. Personally Jesus transformed from God into Jesus which was obviously a personal journey for God. Jesus, according to Borg practiced nonviolent resistance to the Roman domination system.
Borg goes into detail about Jerusalem and mentions that it is the place God had chosen to dwell on earth. This made me wonder whether he meant thats where Jesus dwelled in that area or that before and after Jesus God was dwelling there only. If its the latter then I disagree because I think God is everywhere and wouldn’t choose one place above the other. I also found it interesting that the Gospels provide more detail about Jesus’ last week of life than any other portion of his life. Perhaps the writers saw this as the most important part of Jesus’ life. This makes sense because the last week of Jesus’ life will eventually be Holy week, which is the most important week for the christian faith, because the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins, and his resurrection and proof of divinity.
Borg also goes into detail about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Borg believes that there is great meaning in the fact that jesus rode in on a donkey, because it is written in the book of one of the prophets that a great king will enter the city on a donkey and he will be advocating peace. This claim in meaning if true shows the early prophets as a little bit more legit.
In the days of Jesus being a wealthy man meant that you used the domination system to your advantage, usually through collaboration with the romans. In this way the wealthy were considered traitors to anyone that persecuted the domination system. This makes a lot of sense because Jesus’ teachings often mentioned the rich not being morally correct and the poor will get a lot under the kingdom of God.
Borg explains the saying of ‘turn the other cheek’ as it relates to the culture of the time. Subordinates hit by superiors would get hit with the back hand, and to turn the other cheek a superior would then have to use a forehand which in those days meant an equal hitting an equal. This new meaning shows that Jesus may have spoken out against the domination system more openly then perviously thought. Showing once again how the bible has a large political meaning.