The Blue Parakeet, 2nd Edition: Rethinking How You Read the Bible

The Blue Parakeet, 2nd Edition: Rethinking How You Read the Bible

by Scot McKnight


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Parakeets make delightful pets. We cage them or clip their wings to keep them where we want them. Scot Mc Knight contends that many, conservatives and liberals alike, attempt the same thing with the Bible. We all try to tame it. Mc Knight's The Blue Parakeet calls Christians to stop taming the Bible and to let it speak anew to our heart.

Mc Knight challenges us to rethink how to read the Bible, not just to puzzle it together into some systematic belief but to see it as a Story that we're summoned to enter and to carry forward in our day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310538929
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Edition description: Special
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 256,760
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Scot Mc Knight (Ph D, Nottingham) is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed as well as The King Jesus Gospel, A Fellowship of Differents, One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, and Kingdom Conspiracy.

Table of Contents

1 The Book and I 9

2 The Birds and I 22

Part I Story: What Is the Bible?

3 Inkblots and Puzzles 41

4 It's a Story with Power! 55

5 The Plot of the Wiki-Stories 67

Part 2 Listening: What Do I Do with the Bible?

6 From Paper to Person 93

7 God Speaks, We Listen 104

8 The Boring Chapter (on Missional Listening) 114

Part 3 Discerning: How Do I Benefit from the Bible?

9 The Year of Living Jesus-ly 125

10 Finding the Pattern of Discernment 139

Part 4 Reading the Bible as Story: Three Examples

11 Slaves in the King and His Kingdom Redemption Story 157

12 Atonement in the King and His Kingdom Redemption Story 171

13 Justice in the King and His Kingdom Redemption Story 184

Part 5 Women in Church Ministries Today

14 The Bible and Women 203

15 What Did Women Do in the Old Testament? 213

16 What Did Women Do in the New Testament? 227

17 Silencing the Blue Parakeet (1) 237

18 Silencing the Blue Parakeet (2) 249

19 Now What? 262

After Words 269

Bible Versions 271


Appendix 1 A Discernment Quiz 273

Appendix 2 Images of Jesus 279

Appendix 3 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 283

Appendix 4 Petronius on the New Roman Woman 285

Appendix 5 Juvenal on First-Century Women 287

Appendix 6 Junia Is Not Alone 289

Appendix 7 Genesis and Science 307

Notes 319

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