Encounters with Jesus: Uncover the Ancient Culture, Discover Hidden Meanings

Overview

Do you sometimes feel like an “untouchable”? Have you ever been ashamed to say, “You don’t know what I’ve done, how unethical I’ve been, how many bad decisions I’ve made, how many times I’ve shaken my fist at God”? If so, you’re not alone. Thankfully, author Gary M. Burge has a message for you, and others like you: Jesus wants to encounter you, just as you are. When Burge re-examined Jesus’ biblical encounters with people – being careful to view them in their unique historical context – he emerged with fresh, ...

See more details below
Paperback
$12.40
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$14.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (25) from $1.99   
  • New (15) from $1.99   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Encounters with Jesus

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$6.99
BN.com price

Overview

Do you sometimes feel like an “untouchable”? Have you ever been ashamed to say, “You don’t know what I’ve done, how unethical I’ve been, how many bad decisions I’ve made, how many times I’ve shaken my fist at God”? If so, you’re not alone. Thankfully, author Gary M. Burge has a message for you, and others like you: Jesus wants to encounter you, just as you are. When Burge re-examined Jesus’ biblical encounters with people – being careful to view them in their unique historical context – he emerged with fresh, powerful insights about how Jesus interacted with people then, and still does today “One of the more surprising features of Jesus’ ministry was his willingness to have personal encounters with people,” he writes. “In fact, what is unique about the gospels are the unexpected stories that detailed Jesus’ regular interruptions.” These “interruptions” came in the form of people from all walks of life – young, old, rich, poor, sick, healthy, riddled with sin, or saddled by self-righteousness. “No situation or condition will impede Jesus’ approach,” Burge writes. “All are welcome.” Encounters With Jesus is a book that will be read, re-read, and recommended to friends and family alike because its message is sorely needed today: “Jesus took time for people who thought they were invisible...this is a relief to those of us who are imperfect.”

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Gary M. Burge (PhD, King's College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller, and Encounters with Jesus. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Encounters with Jesus


By Gary M. Burge

Zondervan

Copyright © 2010 Gary M. Burge
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-28046-0


Chapter One

Encountering Jesus

* * *

HAVE YOU ever wondered what it would be like to encounter Jesus personally? We often fill this scene with our own imagined ideas of what he was like and how he connected to people. Compassion, strength, patience, wisdom, gentleness-these are some of the values we project onto him. And many are accurate. But I wonder if such scenes need to be shaped instead by real stories we have in the Gospels.

One of the more surprising features of Jesus' ministry was his willingness to have personal encounters with people. In some cases they were keenly interested in him and wanted to explore how they might become his followers. Occasionally they were well-placed leaders, tax collectors or military officials perhaps, and Jesus moved directly into their personal worlds. In other cases, Jesus met people with profound, debilitating health needs, and he stopped to see what could be done. Even children were quickly and easily drawn to him, and stories remain that describe how he reacted.

Records of famous teachers from the ancient world rarely offer us such accounts. Rare is the leader who was known for his engagement with the needy. Rarer still is the detailed The Galilee village of Gamla, destroyed by the Romans during narrative of the rabbi or sage who invested in the personal troubles of the poor. But this must have been a hallmark of Jesus' presence in Galilee. He did not organize a school in a well-known city such as Jerusalem and invite people to come for lectures. Nor did he anchor himself in a remote location and permit seekers to find their way into the desert or mountains. Near the Dead Sea a first-century community we call Qumran built such a remote place, and its "Teacher of Righteous ness" (as the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls refer to him) lived there and taught hundreds of disciples. In the medieval era, Jewish mystics located themselves in a village called Safed and in the remoteness of Galilee's northern mountains invited Jewish inquirers to join them.

Jesus did none of these things. After his tumultuous departure from Nazareth (Luke 4:16-30), Jesus moved to Capernaum on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee (Luke 4:31) and there made his new home (Mark 2:1). This did attract many people, who sought him out, to the Capernaum synagogue but this village never became his platform for ministry per se. On one occasion while he was in the village, word got out that he was home, and suddenly Jesus found himself stuck in a small village house, overrun by eager, needy people (Mark 2:1-12). But most of his efforts happened elsewhere. It was near here that Jesus met the crowd of five thousand who were so riveted by his teaching and would not move despite their hunger-which Jesus resolved with a miracle (Mark 6:30-45). We know this took place on a hill not far from Capernaum since afterward a debate broke out in the Capernaum synagogue near the shore (John 6:59).

But this was not the usual state of affairs for Jesus and his entourage of twelve. Jesus moved around the country, visiting the many villages that dotted the landscape. Implicit in his call to the apostles was the notion that a part of the costliness of being his follower was that their location would change. Men who had been fishing all their lives-men whose homes were in Bethsaida or Capernaum-suddenly learned that Jesus was going to be on the road reaching people who had not come looking for him. Jesus hinted at this when he referred to foxes having holes to live in and birds having nests, but he would have nothing similar (Matt. 8:20). On occasion these followers were happy with the plan. At other times they were exasperated, such as when Peter complained, "We have left everything to follow you!" (Matt. 19:27). And at times they were impatient with the inefficiencies of Jesus' willingness to pause and be interrupted by the slightest need.

The great record of Jesus' life found in the Gospels is not merely a catalogue of his teachings, although this is important. Nor is it only an account of his great works. What is unique about the Gospels are the unexpected stories that detail Jesus' regular interruptions. Jesus took time for people who generally assumed that they were invisible. And what remains from those interruptions are stories that show the remarkable extent to which Jesus affected individual lives.

In other words, the "great canvas" on which the story of Christ was painted is not simply filled with large crowds, theological debates, Herodian intrigue, and roman power. The gospel writers left surprising room for the individual story, the personal account, the transformed person. The measure of this messianic task was not found simply in its numbers or in its "successes," however that may be measured. The Gospels are filled with unexpected humble victories, quiet stories of children and lepers and the hopeless, who rarely appear on anyone's agenda. Sometimes these are major leaders of some importance who have private contact with him-but their appearance in the story has less to do with their stature or money or position than it does with their approach to Jesus and their willingness to be encountered.

Jesus and the Poor

Scholars agree that of all the old testament prophecies that were critical to Jesus' sense of mission, Isaiah 61 stands out.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners ... (Isa. 61:1)

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Encounters with Jesus by Gary M. Burge Copyright © 2010 by Gary M. Burge. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Contents

Series Introduction Ancient Context, Ancient Faith....................7
1 Encountering Jesus....................13
2 The Woman with the Hemorrhage Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43....................39
3 Zacchaeus of Jericho Luke 19:1-10....................55
4 The Centurion of Capernaum Luke 7:1-10....................73
5 A Woman in Samaria John 4:4-26....................95
6 A Greek Woman in Tyre Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30....................111
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)