Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

by Amy-Jill Levine


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061561030
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 49,694
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and professor of Jewish studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. Her books include The Meaning of the Bible (cowritten with Douglas A. Knight).

Donna Postel is fascinated by all kinds of stories and loves telling them. From memoir and biography to literary fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense, Donna uses her innate curiosity, talent, and decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio to bring books to life.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How We Domesticate Jesus's Provocative Stories 1

1 Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son 25

2 The Good Samaritan 71

3 The Kingdom of Heaven Is like Yeast 107

4 The Pearl of Great Price 127

5 The Mustard Seed 151

6 The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 169

7 The Laborers in the Vineyard 197

8 The Widow and the Judge 221

9 The Rich Man and Lazarus 247

Conclusion: The Power of Disturbing Stories 275

Acknowledgments 283

Notes 287

Index 309

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Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TaffysDad More than 1 year ago
Dr. Levine probes these familiar parables from every direction imaginable to illustrate how a first-century Jewish audience might have heard them. She literally takes them word by word to place the stories in context, citing word usage in other parts of the New Testament and contemporaneous Jewish writers, to wring every nuance out of the stories. She may be a little overly sensitive about certain Christian homilists who she sees as somewhat anti-Jewish in their interpretations. Her humor is infectious, like her comment that the prodigal son was not the kind of Jewish boy she'd want her daughter to date.