Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide

The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide
Author Amy-Jill Levine
Publisher Abingdon Press
Publication Date 5/2018
Binding Book - Paperback
ISBN 9781501858161
Retail Price $12.99
Discount Price $11.99 (8% discount)

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 Bible study based on her Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these "problems with parables" taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. 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.

This participant guide provides an introduction to the main text as well as further Scripture commentary and reflection questions.