Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes brings us another side of the culture Jesus grew up in.

Kenneth Bailey has produced a large volume of commentary that shines light on areas of Scripture most of us wouldn't think existed.

His opening chapter on the story of Jesus' birth is almost worth the entire book in itself. (What if Jesus wasn't born in a barn or cave but in someone's house?) Bailey spells it all out in easy-to-understand fashion.

Other chapters include: the genealogy of Joseph, and how the vision of Isaiah plays into the birth story.

He uses 2 chapters to discuss the Beatitudes, 4 to spell out The Lord's Prayer, 7 to unveil how Jesus interacted with women and finally, 12 chapters dealing with, unpacking and his commentary on the parables of Jesus.

A wealth of knowlege is for anyone willing to dig in and let the culture of the Middle East pour over you.

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