Monday, September 14, 2015

Head Scratchers by Talbot Davis

Have you ever read passages of The Bible and been utterly confused? How about things that Jesus said?

This book provides some "clearing of the cultural clutter" in the way we understand a few sayings of Jesus.

Inside you'll find five passage that have commonly caused people to scratch their heads upon reading, even studying, the words of Jesus. They are:

"The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing" from Matthew 11:12,
"unless you hate your father or mother you cannot be a disciple" from Luke 14:26,
"the gates of Hades will not overcome it" from Matthew 16:18,
the unforgivable sin from Mark 3:29,
and "let the dead bury the dead" from Matthew 8:21-22.

These are some curious sayings from Jesus, to say the least. Davis navigates the cultural and contextual waters for us and reveals the truth behind our twenty-first century blinders.

After each chapter is a follow-up that could be useful as a primer for a Bible study or class.

The writing is very easy to understand, it would make a nice conversation starter as you could reference the book and not be afraid of losing listeners. Davis uses ideas and words from our setting to help form pictures from the ancient past.

I enjoyed this book very much.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Abingdon Press.

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