Discipleship

Short Stories about Jesus: 2019 Fall Study Beginning!  Save the Date!
We will have an adult book and bible study beginning Sunday Oct 20th through Nov 17th.  (5 sessions). Please mark your calendars.  We will gather promptly after church at 12 noon and meet for approximately 1 hour.
We will be reading and discussing: Short Stories about Jesus by Amy Jill-Levine.  The book is readily available in multiple formats at different price points; please obtain prior to 1st class.  Please note that this study also has a separate participant’s guide;  Rev. Dee will have those available for purchase at our first session.
A review from Goodreads.com about the book:

“The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers.

“Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives.

“In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these ‘problems with parables,’ taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.”

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