Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

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HarperOne #ad - Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. The renowned biblical scholar, and general editor for the Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, author of The Misunderstood Jew, 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. With this revitalized understanding, but are also about us—and when read rightly, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi #ad - 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. 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, amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, and educational book, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives.

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How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation

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HarperOne #ad - The acclaimed bible scholar and author of the historical jesus and god & empire—“the greatest New Testament scholar of our generation” John Shelby Spong —grapples with Scripture’s two conflicting visions of Jesus and God, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way that enriches their faith.

Many portions of the new testament, introduce a compassionate Jesus who turns the other cheek, loves his enemies, and shows grace to all. But the jesus we find in Revelation and some portions of the Gospels leads an army of angels bent on earthly destruction. He challenges christians to fully participate in this dialogue, thereby shaping their faith by reading deeply, reflectively, and in community with others who share their uncertainty.

. Which is the true revelation of the messiah—and how can both be in the same Bible?How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian explores this question and offers guidance for the faithful conflicted over which version of the Lord to worship. John dominic crossan reconciles these contrasting views, revealing how different writers of the books of the Bible not only possessed different visions of God but also different purposes for writing.

How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation #ad - Often these books are explicitly competing against another, opposing vision of God from the Bible itself. Crossan explains how to navigate this debate and offers what he believes is the best central thread to what the Bible is all about. Only then, he advises, will Christians be able to read and understand the Bible without losing their faith.

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Days of Awe and Wonder: How to Be a Christian in the Twenty-first Century

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HarperOne #ad - Borg, the late spokesman for progressive Christianity and one of the most revered and influential theologians of our time. In his acclaimed books, and convictions, speaking Christian, The Heart of Christianity, including classics such as Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus J. Ultimately, he taught us that by developing a deeper understanding of Jesus and the New Testament, we can discover a more authentic way of being.

Showcasing some of his most enduring and insightful writings, including many previously unpublished works, a concise and illuminating introduction to Marcus J. Yet borg himself was always conscious of a greater truth beyond what he could explain: the wonder of God. Provocative and uplifting, this anthology illuminates Borg’s explorations of the miraculous and wonderful, his understanding of conviction and fulfillment, and his contention that we must keep an open mind and question assumptions and certainties in all our religious journeys.

Days of Awe and Wonder: How to Be a Christian in the Twenty-first Century #ad - Now, a selection of his writing, comes the days of awe and Wonder, two years after the liberal theologian’s death, including many never before published works, that explores the Christian faith and what it means to be a Christian in the twenty-first century. A leading scholar of the historical jesus acclaimed for his ability to speak about Christianity in the context of contemporary society, students, Borg offered profound wisdom and inspiration—a new way of seeing and living the Christian life—for believers, and lay readers.

Borg helped shape an enlightened modernist view of Christianity.

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Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution

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HarperOne #ad - Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. In doing so, find a revitalized expression of faith, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, and change the world. Diana butler bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community. Bass brings her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded.

Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution #ad - This shift, from a vertical understanding of god to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us – and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well. Grounded explores this cultural turn as bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, in our homes and neighborhoods, the sky, the water, and in the global commons.

Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. The distant god of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About God

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HarperOne #ad - How god is described today strikes many as mean, primitive, illogical, backward, tribal, and at odds with the frontiers of science. At the same time, many intuitively feel a sense of reverence and awe in the world. Bell reveals how we got stuck, and ahead of us, why culture resists certain ways of talking about God, for us, and how we can reconnect with the God who is with us, pulling us forward into a better future—and ready to help us live life to the fullest.

Can we find a new way to talk about god?pastor and new york times bestselling author Rob Bell does here for God what he did for heaven and hell in Love Wins: he shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and reveals a new path for how to return vitality and vibrancy to how we understand God.

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How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

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HarperOne #ad - How god became king reveals thesurprising, a king who has changed everything, unexpected, a new kind ofking, and shocking news of thegospels: this is the story of a new king, and a kingwho invites us to be part of his new world. What we need is not just a bitof fine-tuning, an adjustment here and there.

T. Wright reveals shocking news: We have all forgottenwhat the four gospels are about. Despite centuries of intense and heavy industryexpended on the study of all sorts of features of thegospels, all four of them, "we have often managed tomiss the main thing that they, " Wright writes, aremost eager to tell us.

We needa fundamental rethink about what the gospels aretrying to tell us. What wright offers is an opportunity to confront thesepowerful texts afresh, as if we are encountering themfor the first time. Foundational: the four gospels come directly fromthe ancient church and are among the primary sourcesfor the church's teachings.

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels #ad - Familiar: since christian worship services began, areading from the gospels has played a central role. Studied: for over two hundred years scholars havechallenged and defended the central claims of thegospels: miracles, the divinity ofJesus, historical accuracy, and more. But forgotten: Still, leading Bible scholar N.

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How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

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HarperOne #ad - But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. New york times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church. The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God.

Only when some of jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death—alive again—did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today. Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, and is, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, God.

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee #ad - . But how did he move from being a jewish prophet to being God? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. How jesus became god tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.

A master explainer of christian history, texts, ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, and traditions, Creator of all things.

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Short Stories by Jesus Leader Guide: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

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Abingdon Press #ad - With this revitalized understanding, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, 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, and discussion questions, activities, as well as multiple format options.

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.

Short Stories by Jesus Leader Guide: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi #ad - Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning.

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Ecclesiastes The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary THOTC

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Eerdmans #ad - Written by respected scholars, the THOTC volumes aim to help pastors, teachers, and students engage in deliberately theological interpretation of Scripture. Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the Old Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns.

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Commentary on the Torah

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HarperOne #ad - Richard elliott friedman, more important, the bestselling author of who wrote the Bible?, integrates the most recent discoveries in biblical archaeology and research with the fruits of years of experience studying and teaching the Bible to illuminate the straightforward meaning of the text -- "to shed new light on the Torah and, to open windows through which it sheds its light on us.

While other commentaries are generally collections of comments by a number of scholars, this is a unified commentary on the Torah by a single scholar, the most unified by a Jewish scholar in centuries. In this groundbreaking and insightful new commentary, one of the world's leading biblical scholars unveils the unity and continuity of the Torah for the modern reader.

Commentary on the Torah #ad - This landmark work is destined to take its place as a classic in the libraries of lay readers and scholars alike, as we seek to understand the significance of the scriptural texts for our lives today, and for years to come. It includes the original hebrew text, a new translation, showing how its separate books are united into one cohesive, accessibly written interpretation and analysis of each passage that remains focused on the meaning of the Torah as a whole, and an authoritative, all-encompassing sacred literary masterpiece.

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Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

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Abingdon Press #ad - 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, but are also about us—and when read rightly, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi #ad - This participant guide provides an introduction to the main text as well as further Scripture commentary and reflection questions.

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