Drawing on a lifetime of study in both Middle Eastern culture and the Gospels, Kenneth E. Bailey compares the Old Testament saga of Jacob and the New Testament parable of the prodigal son, offering a fresh view of how Jesus interpreted Israel's past, his present, and their future.
Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants
Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Kenneth E. Bailey draws on his expertise in both the New Testament and Middle Eastern culture to interpret the parable of the prodigal son from a Middle Eastern perspective. When we approach it with the correct cultural lens, Bailey argues, the parable's true Christological character is revealed.
What does Jesus mean when he says, A disciple is not above his teacher, but each disciple, after being fully trained, will be like his teacher (Luke 6:40)? This verse has been quoted, cited, and referenced in vast amounts of Christian education and discipleship literature. Nevertheless, the verse is nearly untouched in exegetical discussions with the exception of source-critical analyses. From this verse arises an undeveloped theme in the Gospel of Luke and the New Testament--the theme of likeness education. Using content analysis methodology, Luke 6:40--one of the keystone passages in Christian education literature--serves as the starting point for mining out the theme of likeness education in the New Testament. This study consists of three concentric areas of investigation: (1) Luke 6:40 and its immediate context, (2) Luke-Acts, and (3) the New Testament corpus.
'What may words say_?' contains a comprehensive and in many respects unconventional interpretation of The Merchant of Venice. The play's development of ideas is unfolded in a literary analysis that focuses on the poet's words in their philological, historical, and philosophical contexts.
Studying the New Testament requires a determination to encounter this collection of writings on its own terms. This classic introduction by Charles B. Puskas, revised with C. Michael Robbins, provides helpful guidance. Since the publication of the first edition, which was in print for twenty years, a host of new and diverse cultural, historical, social-scientific, socio-rhetorical, narrative, textual, and contextual studies has been examined. Attentive also to the positive reviews of the first edition, the authors retain the original tripartite arrangement on 1) the world of the New Testament, 2) interpreting the New Testament, and 3) Jesus and early Christianity. This volume supplies readers with pertinent primary and secondary material. The new edition carries on a genuine effort to be nonsectarian, and although it is more of a critical introduction than a general survey, it is recommended to midlevel college and seminary students and to anyone who wants to be better informed about the New Testament.
'Once upon a time there was a man who had two sons.' This is how many stories begin, among them the story we call the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Relationships between two brothers are often fraught with difficulties. Brothers are different but alike in their desire to become their father's favourite. Brothers like Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, Satan and Job, Satan and Jesus? Kirsten Nielsen in her new book argues that the book of Job, the temptation story in Matthew and the Parable of the Prodigal Son can be read as stories of rivalry among brothers. She suggests that there is a network of biblical texts where the image of the father and his sons has been employed to interpret the relationship between good and evil, between God and Satan.
Seven years ago, Maggie Malone left Ruby Falls, Texas, in disgrace. The wild child went on to become a million-dollar face…a supermodel who still hides her father's rejection behind an outrageous, glamorous lifestyle. Now, Maggie Malone has come home. Her father is dying and so is their proud family business. Her mother insists Maggie is the family's last chance. Once, Maggie had a dream of running the empire. Then she lost everything one hellish night when her world came crashing down. But old dreams die hard. To claim them, she'll have to confront the father who denies her, the family who resents her, the secrets that surround her, the man who wants her…and the treachery closing in on them all.
After their father is killed in an accident on the lake, ten-year-old twins Phil and Will are separated from each other when Will is kidnapped by child traffickers. The story details the lives of these boys and how they grow up in opposite environments and how they and their mother and stepdad deal with the tragedy. They are miraculously reunited when they are in their twenties as Will and his girlfriend, Marsha, catch a break and manage to escape from their captors, leading to an amazing series of events that ends with Marsha gaining her freedom but Will being lost and going on to live the life of a hobo for over two years. This is a gripping and compelling story that will keep your eyes glued to the pages of the book as you follow these characters through their maze of life.