Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story

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InterVarsity Press, Apr 24, 2003 - Religion - 224 pages
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Israel, the community to which Jesus belonged, took its name from their patriarch Jacob. His story of exile and return was their story as well. In the well-known tale of the prodigal son, Jesus reshaped the story in his own way and for his own purposes. In this work, Kenneth E. Bailey compares the Old Testament saga and the New Testament parable. He unpacks similarities freighted with theological significance and differences that often reveal Jesus' particular purposes. Drawing on a lifetime of study in both Middle Eastern culture and the Gospels, Bailey offers here a fresh view of how Jesus interpreted Israel's past, his present and their future.
  

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Review: Jacob and the Prodigal: How Jesus Re-told Israel's Story

User Review  - James Kim - Goodreads

I appreciate Dr Bailey's scholarship. The reason why i didn't rate it higher is because parts of conclusion that the three parables found in Luke 15 are reinterpretations of the Jacob saga in Genesis seemed forced and stretched. Read full review

Review: Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story

User Review  - Mackad - Goodreads

Do you want to know how Jesus the theologian retold Israel's story in the light of God's grace? Read this book. Thank you Dr Bailey! Read full review

Contents

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CALL JESUS A THEOLOGIAN?
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The Jesus Tradition and the Question of Authenticity
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The Importance of Middle Eastern Culture
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The Parable of the Prodigal Son and
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Topical arrangement of the Travel Narrative
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Jesus call in two parts
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The Parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15
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The Lost Coin
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To Find the Lost
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A drama in two acts 9697
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Repentance in Psalm 23 and Luke 15
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Two Dancers in a Single Dance
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Significance of This Study for an Understanding
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Conclusions
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Two renditions of the same story
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Three Old Testament passages and Jesus parable
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Kenneth E. Bailey is a lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament Studies and also serves as Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church, U.S.A.

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