The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers. Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.
Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these "problems with parables" taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later. The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.
Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this Bible study based on her Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these "problems with parables" taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later. This participant guide provides an introduction to the main text as well as further Scripture commentary and reflection questions.
Diese historische Untersuchung von "Der Ursprung des Christentums" wurde mit einem funktionalen Layout erstellt und sorgfältig formatiert. Karl Kautsky (1854-1938) war ein deutsch-tschechischer Philosoph und sozialdemokratischer Politiker. Kautskys Studienfächer Philosophie, Geschichte und Volkswirtschaftslehre waren bereits im Hinblick auf seine politischen Interessen hin ausgewählt worden. Unter anderem deshalb gelang es ihm bereits während seiner Studienzeit, unter dem Psydonym "Symmachos" verfassten Artikeln zu einem der einflussreichsten Journalisten der sozialdemokratischen Presse zu werden. 1881 lernte er bei einer Reise nach London Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels kennen. 1883 gründete er die Zeitschrift Die Neue Zeit, deren Herausgeber und leitender Redakteur er bis 1917 blieb. Er schrieb politische und historische Studien und wurde zu einer Autorität auf dem Gebiet der Marx'schen Theorie. Inhalt: Die Persönlichkeit Jesu Die heidnischen Quellen Die christlichen Quellen Der Kampf um das Jesusbild Die Gesellschaft der römischen Kaiserzeit Die Sklavenwirtschaft Das Staatswesen Denken und Empfinden der römischen Kaiserzeit Das Judentum Israel Das Judentum seit dem Exil Die Anfänge des Christentums Die urchristliche Gemeinde Die christliche Messiasidee Judenchristen und Heidenchristen Die Passionsgeschichte Christi Die Entwicklung der Gemeindeorganisation Christentum und Sozialdemokratie
Author: Christine Jacobi
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Release Date: 2015-07-01
Does Paul make use of the Jesus tradition? This question is examined through parallel textual traditions in New Testament texts. The analysis compels revision of the idea of linear continuity in the textual tradition, from Jesus’s annunciation through the Letters of the Apostles. In the light of the Jesus story, Paul and early Christianity formed ethical convictions that were later transferred back to the Gospels as the words of Jesus.
Author: Michael Plekon
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Release Date: 2016-08-26
In Uncommon Prayer: Prayer in Everyday Experience, Michael Plekon wants to change our minds on what constitutes prayer. In doing so, he makes a theological claim that commonplace aspects of the Christian life are best understood as prayer, whereby encouraging us to see that everyday life carries religious import; prayer and the religious life are not restricted to special places and times, but are open to all believers at all times. Plekon examines the works of diverse authors, including many who have challenged the status quo of institutional churches. He asks us to listen to what poets, writers, activists, and others tell us about how they pray at work and at home, with colleagues, family, and friends, in all the experiences of life, from joy to suffering, sadness to hope. Among them are Sarah Coakley, Rowan Williams, Heather Havrilesky, Sara Miles, Thomas Merton, Mary Oliver, Christian Wiman, Mary Karr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Dorothy Day, Maria Skobtsova, Paul Evdokimov, Seraphim of Sarov, and Richard Rohr. Plekon argues that prayer encompasses a much wider variety of activity than formal and liturgical prayers and that, by recognizing such aspects of prayer, the believer is made more receptive to transformative aspects of prayerful attitudes.
Author: Edward G. Simmons
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Release Date: 2016-02-25
Talking Back to the Bible by Dr. Edward G. Simmons In a fascinating rumination, Edward G. Simmons combines a lifetime’s experiences and biblical research in a voice that is as comfortable and welcoming as if one was seated in an easy chair in his study. With his fierce intellect and honesty, Simmons layers his philosophical lessons with personal insights and the latest discoveries of science. “The audience, I hope, will be anyone who enjoys studying the Bible and prefers seeking new and challenging insights rather than devotional rehashing of traditional messages. Pastors, scholars, students, and anyone in quest of spiritual insight through Bible study should find these conversations entertaining, challenging, and inspirational. My hopes would be met if such readers found the insights presented here did indeed promote a stronger sense of relationship with God.” Edward G. Simmons
Author: Ernest van Eck
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2016-08-09
Who do we meet in the stories Jesus told? In The Parables of Jesus the Galilean: Stories of a Social Prophet, a selection of the parables of Jesus is read using a social-scientific approach. The interest of the author is not the parables in their literary contexts, but rather the parables as Jesus told them in a first-century Jewish Galilean sociopolitical, religious, and economic setting. Therefore, this volume is part of the material turn in parable research and offers a reading of the parables that pays special attention to Mediterranean anthropology by stressing key first-century Mediterranean values. Where applicable, available papyri that may be relevant in understanding the parables of Jesus from a fresh perspective are used to assemble solid ancient comparanda for the practices and social realities that the parables presuppose. The picture of Jesus that emerges from these readings is that of a social prophet. The parables of Jesus, as symbols of social transformation, envisioned a transformed and alternative world. This world, for Jesus, was the kingdom of God.
Author: Thomas V. McGovern
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release Date: 2017-06-29
The author begins and ends with the challenging question that many ask today: How do our lives make sense in light of the life of Jesus? Drawing on Jesus's gospel parables and sayings and Paul's letters, each chapter invites readers to explore the virtues of wisdom, love, justice, courage, temperance and transcendence. Jesus's 1st century life deserves our continuing study as we develop a truly mindful spirituality for 21st century well being. Professor McGovern's distinguished teaching and scholarly life work is clearly evident as he artistically weaves together so many threads to enable the reader to create their own spiritual tapestries. This book will inspire readers with lifelong traditional commitments as well as those who may currently identify as "spiritual but not religious." Thought provoking ideas. Pragmatic applications. A good story. Transformative.
Modern scholarship on the parables has long been preoccupied with asking what Jesus himself said and what he intended to accomplish with his parables. Ruben Zimmermann moves beyond that agenda to explore the dynamics of parabolic speech in all its rich complexity. Introductory chapters address the history of research and distinguish historical from literary and reader-oriented approaches, then set out a postmodern hermeneutic that analyzes narrative elements and context, maps the sociohistorical background, explores stock metaphors and symbols, and opens up contemporary horizons of interpretation. Subsequent chapters then focus on one parable from early Christian sources (Q, Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, and the Gospel of Thomas) to explore how parables function in each literary context. Over all reigns the principle that the meaning or theological "message" of a parable cannot be extracted from the parabolic form; thus the parables continue to invite hearers' and readers' involvement to the present day.
Author: Yung Suk Kim
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2018-01-10
Parables of Jesus are stories about everyday life, ranging from a person’s worldview to economic justice in society. This book examines most parables of Jesus from a critical literary perspective. Twenty-three narrative parables in the Synoptic Gospels are rearranged by their source: Markan parables, Q parables, Matthean unique parables, Lukan unique parables. Each parable invites readers to reengage Jesus’s stories in the contemporary world.
Offers a smorgasbord of tantalizing new perspectives on familiar biblical passages Woman Wisdom in Proverbs 9 invites any who want to learn her ways to come and eat at her table -- an image for the rich and satisfying teaching that she offers. In this book Barbara Reid invites readers to this feast, drawing on women's wisdom to offer fresh new interpretations of biblical texts in a way that promotes equal dignity and value for women and men alike. Reid begins by presenting feminist methods of biblical interpretation and explaining why they are important, giving attention not only to gender perspectives but also to race, class, and culture as determinative factors in how one understands the biblical text. She then presents fresh, readable feminist interpretations of selected Old and New Testament texts. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions for group or personal use. Making feminist interpretation of Scripture understandable, compelling, and usable, Wisdom's Feast will be valuable to any readers hungry to learn from the rich insights of feminist biblical scholars.
"One sheep makes a difference. Without her something is missing. Now my flock is complete." Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for? Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. As young readers count to help the characters find what's missing, Who Counts? teaches that every one of us counts in God's eyes and that everyone should feel counted. The stories are beautifully illustrated with modern-day characters and a diversity of ethnicities so that all children will be able to see themselves in the stories.
Die Macht eines Drachen, die Seele eines Mädchens, das Herz eines Helden Seit Jahrhunderten herrschen sie neben dem Kaiser über das Reich: die Drachenaugen, Auserwählte der magischen Drachen und Träger ihrer Macht. Eona träumt davon, eine von ihnen zu sein, schließlich hat sie die seltene Gabe, die Drachen in ihrer wahren Gestalt zu sehen. Aber Mädchen und Frauen ist es unter Todesstrafe verboten, Magie zu wirken. Als Eona sich als Junge verkleidet in die Auswahlzeremonie schmuggelt, geschieht das Unglaubliche: Der lange verschollene Spiegeldrache erwählt sie zu seiner magischen Novizin. Doch ihr Geheimnis blieb nicht unentdeckt ...