This new translation with commentary strips the Gospels of their theological agendas and reclaims them as a radically new way of imagining human life. It blends scholarship and pastoral guidance in an accurate, accessible translation with profound insights that, free of religious moralism and dogmatism, is beautifully imaginative and inspirational.
6 x 9, 224 pp | 978-1-59473-620-9
Be inspired to live an altogether different kind of life rooted in a more radical kind of love.
“In my translation there is no suggestion that readers should believe in anything, join an organization, or abandon their cherished religious and philosophical ideals. I see no reason why a Christian, an agnostic, a Buddhist, or even an atheist would not be charmed and inspired by the Gospels. Anyone can freely and without any worries read the Gospels and be enriched.”
—from the Introduction to Gospel
In his fresh and life-giving translation of the Gospels with sparkling commentary, spiritual innovator Thomas Moore strips the Gospels of their theological agendas and reclaims them as a fundamentally new way of imagining human life. He blends scholarship and pastoral guidance to highlight the Gospels’ teachings on earthly, rather than otherworldly, living in which community, compassion, inclusiveness, prayer and healing are key elements.
“This fine modern translation of the Book of Matthew makes the Gospel accessible to a new generation in a modern and meaningful form. It refreshes the traditional language, extends its meaning in contemporary ways and uncovers the message of the Gospels for the present age. It is a gift to a world in search of both purpose and profundity, a poetic masterpiece for a time more embroiled in prose than in the poetry of Mystery. It is a welcome addition to spiritual libraries everywhere.”
—Joan Chittister, OSB, St. Scholastica Priory
“This is unlike any translation I’ve encountered. Simple, beautiful and highly readable…. People of all faiths, and those with none, will find meaning and perspective in this wonderful book.”
—Dr. James Guy, president, Headington Institute, Pasadena, California; former dean, School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
“So much of our daily tragic news is a direct result of a narrow, irresponsible and inaccurate view of the Christ. Thank you, Thomas Moore, for inviting us to re-envision Jesus, not as an engine of division, but as a healer of headlines.”
—Rev. Susan Sparks, senior pastor, Madison Avenue Baptist Church; author, Laugh Your Way to Grace
“As an archeologist of the soul, Thomas Moore probes these ancient artifacts and finds in the words and deeds of a radical Jesus a critique of the social ills that plague us and the encouragement we need to work toward the healing of our little place in a chaotic world. His translation is fresh, clear and inviting, and his commentary, enlightening and sometimes surprising.”
—George W. E. Nickelsburg, professor emeritus, University of Iowa
“Guides us beyond biblical literalism, opening windows that have long been painted shut. The master turns his extraordinary soul and pen back to the source, enlivening and healing our reading of sacred text. Here is a holy book that is indeed inclusive, expansive, edgy and thrilling—a book redirecting our gaze, in Moore’s own words, to the ‘the Kingdom of the Sky.’”
—Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Emanu-El Scholar, Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco; author of many books on Jewish mysticism and spirituality
"...Moore’s translation choices illuminate and enliven what has become, for many, a brittle, faded manuscript."
—Rob Pierson, Friends Journal