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The Difficult Words of Jesus

The Difficult Words of Jesus

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781786224750
Number of Pages: 160
Published: 31/10/2022
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

As well as telling parables and stories, giving teachings on how to discern questions of ethics and human nature, and offering beatitudes for comfort and encouragement, Jesus also spoke words and flung insults that followers then and now have found difficult, to say the least.

He instructs disciples to hate members of their own families (Luke 14:26), warns that unending fire awaits some people, says body parts should be cut off if they offend. He calls a foreign woman a 'dog', the Jews 'offspring of vipers' and his closest disciple 'Satan'.

Preachers often gloss over these or avoid them altogether as they are still so shocking. In The Difficult Words of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine sheds vital light on understanding these by exploring how these sayings sounded to those who first heard them. She reveals Jewish modes of expression, humour and the long tradition of Jewish insults and what they mean, and how we might interpret these sayings today within a gospel of love and reconciliation.

Amy-Jill Levine

Amy-Jill Levine is Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford International University and Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt University. An internationally renowned scholar and teacher and author of numerous books.

'This book is an absolute must buy! It tackles head on all those difficult passages that we so often slide past because they are uncomfortable, difficult or just plain troubling. Levine brings her usual brilliance and insight to this exploration of the difficult sayings of Jesus. If you have ever struggled to preach on these passages - or indeed to read them - this book is for you. I can't recommend it enough'. -- Paula Gooder

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