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

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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.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateMay 15, 2018
ISBN9781501858178
Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi
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Amy-Jill Levine

AMY-JILL LEVINE is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Department of Jewish Studies. She has also taught at Swarthmore College, Cambridge University, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She is the author of many books, including The Misunderstood Jew and Short Stories by Jesus, and she is the co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. 

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