The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer

The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer

by John Dominic Crossan

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Every Sunday, the Lord’s Prayer echoes in churches around the world.

It is an indisputable principle of Christian faith. It is the way Jesus taught his followers to pray and distills the most essential beliefs required of every one of the world’s 2.5 billion Christians. In The Greatest Prayer, our foremost Jesus scholar explores this foundational prayer line by line for the richest and fullest understanding of a prayer every Christian knows by heart.

An expert on the historical Jesus, Crossan provides just the right amount of history, scholarship, and detail for us to rediscover why this seemingly simple prayer sparked a revolution. Addressing issues of God’s will for us and our response, our responsibilities to one another and to the earth, the theology of our daily bread, the moral responsibilities that come with money, our nation-states, and God’s kingdom, Crossan reveals the enduring meaning and universal significance of the only prayer Jesus ever taught.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062049919
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 82,492
File size: 628 KB

About the Author

John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, The Last Week, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida.

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Greatest Prayer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
shannonkearns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really wonderful meditation on "The Lord's Prayer" filled with history and Biblical exegesis. I find Crossan to be a wonderful historian but occasionally a confusing writer which is unfortunate. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book. It's a wonderful exploration of the revolutionary power of a prayer most people take for granted. Crossan put it back into its original context and expounds on why the prayer would have been so revolutionary. I think Crossan could have gone further with his ideas about what the prayer means to us today. There is a lot of overlap of his explanation of the historical understandings of this prayer and christian anarchism which I found to be very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Crossan's earlier books, Crossan assisted the reader to understand Christianity, the existence of God, and the divinity of Christ at a practical and deeper level. I really enjoyed his previous scholarship and ability to explain spiritual concepts in practical ways. When I saw this book I purchased it immediately and began to delve deeper into what we call "The Lord's Prayer". I am sorry to say I was disappointed. There are some good studies on the Jesus teaching the disciples how to pray, but I was frustrated this was not one of them.
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