Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi, Leader Guide
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
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Explore a fresh and timely interpretation of Jesus' most popular teaching parables. 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.
The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.
Small groups will need one copy of the DVD with six sessions; each participant will need a Participant Guide.
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