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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (18 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083084063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830840632
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Very deep and also devotional, with fresh insights from Middle Eastern cultural perspectives that shed new light on Jesus as the Good Shepherd in fulfillment of all the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament.
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By Alistair G McGhee on 28 Jan. 2015
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Excellent stuff
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Great Reading On The Good Shepherd 19 Dec. 2014
By Jimmy R. Reagan - Published on Amazon.com
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The idea of the Good Shepherd is one of my personal favorites of Scripture. Here is a volume that really fleshes out that concept. The subtitle “A Thousand Year Journey From Psalm 23 To The New Testament” really captures what Kenneth Bailey has to say in this book published by IVP.

Mr. Bailey spent 40 years living and working in the Middle East including Egypt and Lebanon. Though he taught the Bible, he had plenty of opportunity to see culture not that far removed from Bible times. Merging those two–teaching and observation–has made this book a success.

His approach on the technical side is one where you will have to decide for yourself. His ideas of sequence and “step parallelism” are explained and traced in every passage he deals with. His ten themes well represent the items that we will find in shepherd passages, though all ten are rarely present in any one passage. In any event, I don’t find that the strength of the book.

The real value in this volume is the light it sheds on each passage it tackles. For example, as much as has been written on Psalm 23, he still had something to say. Check out the illustration he shares on page 42! How this shows God’s love and care for us is well drawn out.

Others passages include all the chief ones on the Shepherd theme. Jeremiah 23:1-8, Ezekiel 34, Zechariah 10:2-12, Luke 15:1-10, Mark 6:7-52, Matthew 18:10-14, John 10:1-18, and I Peter 5:1-4. They were all helpful, but the New Testament passages were especially rich. The last two were my favorites.

I recommend this volume.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Dubious Disciple Book Review 30 Jan. 2015
By Dubious Disciple - Published on Amazon.com
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Bailey is a careful researcher whose passion and experience shines through. He spent 40 years living and teaching New Testament in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Cyprus. I have another of his books on my shelf, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, that I’ve skimmed and am dying to find time to read. So, given that the Good Shepherd is a topic of great interest to me, this book was a gold mine. I wish had been able to read this book before writing my own about the Gospel of John, since the Good Shepherd (as well as the bad shepherd) is an integral part of John’s theology.

Bailey starts his analysis back in the 23rd Psalm. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. This Psalm sets the theme for later Old Testament writers, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah, who expound on the shepherd tradition in different ways. I’ll run a comparison of these Old Testament variants on the 23rd Psalm in a later post. The tone is then set for Jesus’s arrival, and all four Gospel writers embrace the image of a shepherd to describe Jesus, particularly in matters of salvation.

One of the most interesting parts of the book was Bailey’s own experience, and the experience of those he met, in tending sheep. How confidence is gained in the sheep, how they must be cared for, how they learn the voice of the shepherd, and more.

This is not light reading–it’s one of those books that you actually have to study to get the full benefit–but I highly recommend making the effort.

InterVarsity Press, © 2014, 288 pages

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Beyond informative, this is transformative 23 Mar. 2015
By Eric Oppenhuizen - Published on Amazon.com
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Since becoming a Christian and entering into vocational ministry I have always enjoyed studying the contextual implications of scripture. Dr. Bailey has been a favorite of mine since reading "Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes," and this study of the 23rd Psalm does not disappoint. This is one of the most well-known passages of scripture, and I always connected to with it simply because of what I felt it proclaimed of God's love. Bailey shows the reader how the psalm was well-known and easily relatable, and walks his audience through a journey of how the biblical authors re-framed the Psalm to make important points, and how Jesus wrote himself into it. Bailey is not simply informative, though, as he points out the theological implications for every occurrence mentioned. While the book is academic in nature, it is certainly accessible, and has encouraging implications for all people. I highly recommend it and gladly give it a place on my bookshelf.
"The Good Shepherd" Is A Great Read 12 Jan. 2015
By Penman - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read Bailey's other works with great benefit, and was pleased to
see this new study. I ordered a copy for myself and one to send to a
friend as a Christmas gift. We are both delighted with the book--a
thorough and well-documented study of the image of Jesus as The
Good Shepherd. I highly recommend this latest book from Ken Bailey.
--Penman
Fantastic study of Psalm 23 and related passages 6 Jan. 2015
By Dennis Drews - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic study of Psalm 23 and related passages. Kenneth Bailey has written another great book that should be on every Christian theologians bookshelf right next to all the others he has written! It is so on my bookshelves and I refer to them all often.
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