on 23 June 2008
I first read this book back in 2005 during a stint out in the Middle East. On that occasion I was able to do a certain amount of travelling and can recall going through villages which, apart from the advent of electricity and television, seem to have changed very little from the times of Jacob and the Prodigal Son.
It was this opportunity to see things at first hand that gave me a deep appreciation not only for Bailey's exegesis of the Biblical text, but also his insights into the local culture and how things work in Middle Eastern cultures. I thoroughly recommend this book which is well written and completely accessible. The same could easily be said of his other books but especially of this one. It will challenge your previously held assumptions of Jesus' parables and if you are involved in preaching will enable you to put across some fresh ideas for your congregation.