Jesus, the Holy Fool

Jesus, the Holy Fool


By (author) Elizabeth- Anne Stewart


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  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 281 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 20mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Kansas City
  • ISBN 10: 1580510612
  • ISBN 13: 9781580510615
  • Sales rank: 991,296

Product description

Richly written, Jesus the Holy Fool combines diverse images from religious traditions, world literature, Jungian archetype, and Scripture. Weaving the best theology and spirituality, Jesus the Holy Fool is a fresh and inviting Christology. The Scriptures tell us that religious leaders thought Jesus was "possessed," and his own family thought he was "crazy." In his open table fellowship, choice of followers, radical passion, and his death and resurrection, Jesus was willing to appear as a fool for the sake of God's reign. His teachings-especially the parables, paradoxes, and the beatitudes-advocate a way of life that is grounded in Holy Foolishness. Through an archetypal examination of the fool motif as it applies to Jesus in the Gospels,Jesus the Holy Fool develops the connections between holiness and folly. Offering new insights into Christology and exploring its practical pastoral ramifications, Jesus the Holy Fool presents Holy Foolishness as a paradigm for the Christian journey and as a new model of what it means for us to be church.

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Author information

Elizabeth-Anne Stewart (formerly Vanek), holds a joint appointment with the Departments of University Ministry and Religious Studies at DePaul University, Chicago. Author of From Centre to Circumference: God's Place in the Centre of Self, Image Guiding and Healing, and more than 80 articles on spirituality, she has also published three collections of poetry and has served on ICEL's subcommittee on the liturgical psalter.