Looking for Jesus

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This stunningly fresh and original volume explores the person and work of Jesus as seen through the eyes of a wide variety of people who encountered him face-to-face during his lifetime. Reflecting on thirty Gospel stories, Virginia Owens suggests how certain characters--such as Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, and Nicodemus--dealt with Jesus. With her retelling of each scenario we see Jesus' character take shape as the biblical personalities come to life. Indeed, Owens finds that how Jesus acts, ...

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Overview

This stunningly fresh and original volume explores the person and work of Jesus as seen through the eyes of a wide variety of people who encountered him face-to-face during his lifetime. Reflecting on thirty Gospel stories, Virginia Owens suggests how certain characters--such as Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, and Nicodemus--dealt with Jesus. With her retelling of each scenario we see Jesus' character take shape as the biblical personalities come to life. Indeed, Owens finds that how Jesus acts, particularly in relation to other people, reveals as much about him as his teachings.

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Christian History Magazine
She refuses to find a simplistic 'lesson' for readers today, but instead tries to let the power of the story work on each of us in its own complex way. It's not just her attention to the more salient revelations of biblical scholarship but her narrative freedom that helps us re-engage these old, old stories...With her usual gentle probing style, Owens reminds us that Jesus is bigger than any of our favorite constructions.
— (Mark Galli is Editor of Christian History Magazine)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664258191
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 261
  • Sales rank: 514,356
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author


Virginia Stem Owens has written sixteen books and numerous articles and reviews. She is member of the editorial board of Books and Culture.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Looking for Jesus: Where I Started 1
Pt. I Looking for Excitement 11
Ch. 1 Bread and Circuses: Feeding Thousands 15
Ch. 2 Superstar Status: Entering Jerusalem 22
Ch. 3 Excitement: Reconsidering Crowds 27
Pt. II Looking for Relief 31
Ch. 4 A Bloody Shame: The Woman with the Issue of Blood 35
Ch. 5 Let Down by Friends: Paralyzed on a Pallet 39
Ch. 6 Breaking the Silence: The Deaf and Dumb Man 45
Ch. 7 Sick unto Death: The Official's Son 49
Ch. 8 Been Down So Long: At the Bethzatha Pool 55
Ch. 9 Relief: A Second Glance 62
Pt. III Looking for a Way Out 67
Ch. 10 Death and Taxes: Herod and Caesar 73
Ch. 11 Climbing in the Kingdom: The Mother of Zebedee's Sons 81
Ch. 12 Imprisoned Mind: Meeting with a Madman 87
Ch. 13 A Way Out: A Different Map 93
Pt. IV Looking for a Way In 99
Ch. 14 Powerful Outsider: The Centurion and His Servant 105
Ch. 15 A Dog's Life: The Syro-Phoenician Woman 111
Ch. 16 Breaking the Cultural Barrier: The Samaritan Woman 116
Ch. 17 The Hospitality of Sinners: Dinner with Zacchaeus 125
Ch. 18 A Way In: Or Inside Out? 132
Pt. V Looking for Answers 139
Ch. 19 How Dumb Can You Get? The Dense Disciples 145
Ch. 20 Good Enough? The Rich Young Ruler 156
Ch. 21 Secret Admirer: Nicodemus 162
Ch. 22 Answers: The Right One to the Wrong Questions 168
Pt. VI Looking for a Fight 173
Ch. 23 Get the Guest: At the House of Simon the Pharisee 181
Ch. 24 Arguments about Life and Law: Confrontations with Pharisees 188
Ch. 25 On Trial: Before Pilate and the Sanhedrin 195
Ch. 26 A Fight: Hard Choices 204
Pt. VII Looking for a Reason to Hope 211
Ch. 27 Where Is He When You Need Him? Martha of Bethany 215
Ch. 28 Faced with Nothing: Mary of Magdala 225
Ch. 29 Too Good to Be True: Doubting Thomas 232
Ch. 30 Hope Seeing, Not Seeing, and Believing 240
Conclusion; Finding Jesus: What a Mystery Looks Like 247
A Bibliographical Farewell 257
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