In his parables Jesus re-imagines the world. The re-imagined world, called the kingdom of God, presents his followers with a new option for living, one that contrasts with the default world of the everyday. The new world is both terrifying and liberating. In this book the author sets his interpretation of the key parables of Jesus in the context of other things Jesus said and did. The result is a startling and provocative picture of the historical figure and the challenge he presents to contemporary life.
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One of the few books that left me feeling like I want to go find the author, sit down with him, and chat for an hour or ten. Clear and easy to read, but insightful and highly enlightening considerations of some of Jesus' parables, including historical background that the majority of modern readers lack. The closing sections on the significance of the parables for those who have faith in Christianity are touching and equally insightful. Scott also includes information on Q, the two-source theory for Matthew and Luke, and other concepts in Biblical studies with which the average reader may be unfamiliar; these, and his extensive quotation of other Biblical/Scriptural/apocrypical texts to which he refers, makes the reading experience even better. I highly recommend this book to the faithful Christian who is not afraid to re-examine his or her own faith in the interest of strengthening it as much as I recommend it to the curious non-Christian who, regardless of the degree of his or her past experience with the parables, is interested in learning more about them.