- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: SPCK Publishing (21 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0281059756
- ISBN-13: 978-0281059751
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes - Cultural Studies in the Gospels Paperback – 21 Mar 2008
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About the Author
Kenneth E. Bailey is an author and lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament studies. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he also serves as Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church, USA. He holds graduate degrees in Arabic language and literature, and in systematic theology; his ThD is in New Testament. His many books, in Arabic and English, include Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes (SPCK, 2011).
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Top Customer Reviews
Now, it is a privilege to have this tome. It gathers together his exposition of a number of texts and themes, all illuminated by the knowledge of the Middle East gained from decades living and practising scholarship there. You will find the 'no room at the inn' question treated thoroughly here. You will learn so much more too, all written in a way that feeds both mind and spirit.
My enthusiastic use of this in a Bible Study I lead as a minister has led to members of my congregation treating themselves to copies of it. Bailey writes sufficiently lucidly in this work for it to be appreciated by intelligent non-specialists.
Occasionally he slips from his high standards. The odd Beatitude doesn't get the in depth treatment I'd love to see ('Blessèd are the peacemakers', for example). But overall this is a rich and satisfying gourmet meal that would be a bargain at three times the price.
Anyone who wants to understand Jesus from the context of the Gospel narratives will enjoy this one. It is accessible (I would say) to most readers. Bailey uses plain english, and manages to avoid too much technical jargon. His chapters follow a logical structure, and always include a summary of key points at the end. The book is well-written, and a challenge to one's preconceptions - as you read it, he manages to achieve the remarkable: the Gospel narratives re-emerge, fresh and alive in their original context. Far from the biblical accounts of Christ's life and ministry being late concoctions (a la Hitchens), what is swiftly evident is how much they depend upon the immediate cultural context. Anyone studying the New Testament should buy this one. Heck - buy two and give one as a present!
I have found it useful for reading and preaching, as Bailey gives fresh insight as to what the listeners of the Jesus' parables would hear and understand.
Great chapters on Jesus' birth, women, parables, and more. Excellent!
For instance, Bailey's analysis of the Christmas story shows that our interpretation of it in Nativity plays says more about our culture and owes little to what is likely to have happened. There was no inn, and therefore no innkeeper, and far from being turned away, it is likely Joseph and Mary would have been made welcome, as they would have had relatives living in Bethlehem. In addition, his analysis of the parables is a real joy to those of us looking for something fresh from them. I particularly like his insights on the Prodigal Son - the real hero is the father who shames himself twice due to the actions of both sons, the Shrewd Servant, and the Unforgiving Master.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for those who are interested in in its subject. It is one of the few books I recommend or buy for others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a brilliant book and deserves to be read by anyone who wants to understand what Jesus was doing and teaching in the 4 gospels of the Bible's New Testament. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Believing Thomas
Gives insight into the meaning of Jesus' words and actions in the gospels by explaining the cultural context.Published 12 days ago by Barbara Usher
Fabulous book so far. I'm taking time to take it in and digest properly. Certainly the opening chapters regarding the birth of Jesus are truly thought provoking. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Cosy toes
Excellent, I really enjoyed the insight into the world of JesusPublished 16 days ago by grannymoony
An extraordinarily interesting book giving new insight on many well-known incidents and parables from the New Testament. I read it slowly, and shall re-read it . Read morePublished 23 days ago by D. M. Roberts
Love this book, great for reviewing what you thought you knew well through the eyes of the original culture.Published 1 month ago by Ian
a very good explanation of life in the Holy Land during the time of JesusPublished 2 months ago by Ann Nolan