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    DescriptionJesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used images from everyday life to stir up interest in his message about the Kingdom of God. But life in first-century Galilee and Judea was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus's stories not only ignore this difference, but also often import anti-Jewish and sexist views. As eminent Bible scholar Amy-Jill Levine writes in Short Stories by Jesus Jesus was requiring that his disciples do more than listen; he was asking them to think as well. What makes the parables mysterious, or difficult, is that they challenge us to look into the hidden aspects of our own values, our own lives. They bring to the surface unasked questions, and they reveal the answers we have always known, but refuse to acknowledge. Religion has been defined as designed to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. We do well to think of the parables of Jesus as doing the afflicting. Therefore, if we hear a parable and think, "I really like that" or, worse, fail to take any challenge, we are not listening well enough.In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Levine explores Jesus's most popular parables, revealing their hidden depths, exposing their misinterpretations, and showing how they can still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.


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    Title
    Short Stories by Jesus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amy-Jill Levine
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061561016
    ISBN 10: 0061561010
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15440
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 37
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET120
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JUDAIC
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    B&T Approval Code: A13707600
    DC22: 226.8
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004210, REL006710
    B&T Approval Code: A13505037
    DC22: 226.8/06
    BISAC V2.8: REL062000, REL006220, REL006050
    DC23: 226.806
    LC classification: BT375.3 .L48 2014
    Thema V1.0: QRM, DS, QRVC, JBSR, QRVK
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PGJ
    Edition
    Annotated
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperOne
    Publication date
    28 September 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Amy-Jill Levine offers new translations of the parables, recovering the sense of provocation and challenge they would have presented to their first-century audiences. The Jesus we see here came up with inventive ways to challenge his listeners, and didn't allow them easy answers or room for self-congratulation."--"Boston Globe"