Agrarian and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan--the "father of the local food movement"--offers a fresh, imaginative look at the parables of Jesus to bring us into a heart of compassion for those in the food economy hit by this unprecedented crisis. Offering palpable scenes from the Sea of Galilee and the fields, orchards, and feasting tables that surrounded it, Nabhan contrasts the profound ways Jesus interacted with those who were the workers of the field and the fishers of the sea with the events currently occurring in American farm country and fishing harbors.
Tapping the work of Middle Eastern naturalists, environmental historians, archaeologists, and agro-ecologists, Jesus for Farmers and Fishers is sure to catalyze deeper conversations, moral appraisals, and faith-based social actions in each of our faith-land-water communities.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: Taste & see. Smell & listen.
1: Parables for healing. Hope for sowing.
2: What was then is happening again right now.
3: Parables have power to move things.
4: Determination and dogged attention to detail.
5: Seeing the world through the lens of abundance & collaboration.
6: Have we done enough for the least of our brothers & sisters?
7: What matters is what is right here before us
8: What lies "hidden" from us says more about us than the object itself.
9: Sometimes we misread unanticipated presences
10: Fasting/feasting. Hunger/abundance.
11: The Lamb of God had an affinity for every lamb, ewe & ram
12: Lost sheep, lost drachmas, with mothers & wives losing out
13: We all know those who must glean from the left-overs
14: What do we do when we feel our efforts have been fruitless?
15: The so-called Last Supper was not his last
16: What happened to the Sower can happen to you