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The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer by [Crossan, John Dominic]
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."..A must-read, a guidebook for how and why the only prayer Jesus ever taught endures."--The Daily Beast

"Even if one disagrees with the author's conclusions, it will be difficult to dislike his book, as one of Crossan's gifts is his ability to challenge his readers in a gentle, respectful, and nonconfrontational manner."--Booklist

"Crossan's reflections reveal something that may surprise his detractors: a man of profound and challenging faith, who in h is efforts to demystify Jesus has called us all back to the core of the gospel message."--U.S. Catholic

"Controversial biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan finds in Jesus' words an evocation for 'distributive justice, ' making sure all are cared for."--Los Angeles Times

"[P]rovides a satisfying blend of history, scholarship and theology in researching the moral responsibilities that come with living a Godly life. The fundamental Lord's Prayer here serves as a foundation for examining the principles of this life."--Midwest Book Review

"John Dominic Crossan is arguably the world's foremost scholar of the historical Jesus. In The Greatest Prayer, Crossan argues that Christianity's best-known invocation is misunderstood and undervalued in today's society."--Religion News Service

..".A must-read, a guidebook for how and why the only prayer Jesus ever taught endures."--The Daily Beast

...A must-read, a guidebook for how and why the only prayer Jesus ever taught endures. --The Daily Beast"

Even if one disagrees with the author s conclusions, it will be difficult to dislike his book, as one of Crossan s gifts is his ability to challenge his readers in a gentle, respectful, and nonconfrontational manner. --Booklist"

John Dominic Crossan is arguably the world s foremost scholar of the historical Jesus. In The Greatest Prayer, Crossan argues that Christianity s best-known invocation is misunderstood and undervalued in today s society. --Religion News Service"

A full and loving exposition... of Christianity s best-known and most-recited prayer. Crossan s pastoral intent is more straightforward here than in some of his other works; scholars will appreciate the richness of his readings, while nonscholarly readers will be grateful for the directness and clarity of his approach. --Library Journal (starred review)"

Crossan s reflections reveal something that may surprise his detractors: a man of profound and challenging faith, who in h is efforts to demystify Jesus has called us all back to the core of the gospel message. --U.S. Catholic"

[P]rovides a satisfying blend of history, scholarship and theology in researching the moral responsibilities that come with living a Godly life. The fundamental Lord s Prayer here serves as a foundation for examining the principles of this life. --Midwest Book Review"

Controversial biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan finds in Jesus words an evocation for distributive justice, making sure all are cared for. --Los Angeles Times"

Crossan... shows how Jesus, couched in the words of this prayer, advises His followers to reject violent methods... and instead work for the coming of the Kingdom of God, the only way to achieve true freedom. . . . A fine effort by a fine scholar."--Publishers Weekly

"A full and loving exposition... of Christianity's best-known and most-recited prayer. Crossan's pastoral intent is more straightforward here than in some of his other works; scholars will appreciate the richness of his readings, while nonscholarly readers will be grateful for the directness and clarity of his approach."--Library Journal (starred review)

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Every Sunday, the Lord's Prayer echoes in churches around the world.

It is an indisputable principle of Christian faith. It is the way Jesus taught his followers to pray and distills the most essential beliefs required of every one of the world's 2.5 billion Christians. In The Greatest Prayer, our foremost Jesus scholar explores this foundational prayer line by line for the richest and fullest understanding of a prayer every Christian knows by heart.

An expert on the historical Jesus, Crossan provides just the right amount of history, scholarship, and detail for us to rediscover why this seemingly simple prayer sparked a revolution. Addressing issues of God's will for us and our response, our responsibilities to one another and to the earth, the theology of our daily bread, the moral responsibilities that come with money, our nation-states, and God's kingdom, Crossan reveals the enduring meaning and universal significance of the only prayer Jesus ever taught.


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  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (7 Sept. 2010)
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  • Language: English
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Sadly the use of the Lords Prayer in the title is not reflected in the book. The content is a well argued need for considering the Kingdom of God on this earth should be concerned with the concept of distributive justice. How to sell this to the widest audience? The Lord's Prayer is an easy target but sadly the links are tenuous and too complicated for any but the most academic. Far from rediscovery reading this produced confusion and incredulity. Better if it had been written in Latin.
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Superbly thorough analysis of the theology and poetic construction - allowing for the translations from various languages and evolution of meanings- so that like any great art & science, I discern fresh import from every repetition with significant new help from this book.
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Many books have been written about the Lord's Prayer. This latest contribution encourages us to see it as a prayer from the heart of Judaism on the lips of Christianity for the conscience of the world. In eight closely argued chapters Crossan sheds new light on the Lord's Prayer, demonstrating the Old Testament background to the familiar words and making a strong case for a fresh understanding of their meaning and intention.

The author's concern is with justice, not as retributive justice, as punishment, but in its more positive Biblical sense of distributive justice, the sharing of everything fairly. Do all God's children have enough? If not, how must things change so that all God's people have a fair, equitable and just proportion of God's world?

Although he has lived and worked in the United States since the late 1960s, Crossan's Irish roots shine through not only in his use of Irish history to illuminate the plight of Roman-occupied Palestine in the time of Jesus but also in his pithy comments:
* Reminding us that humans may not be the crown of creation: We are the work of a late Friday afternoon. And maybe not even God's best work is done on a late Friday afternoon.
* Herod the Great often makes Henry VIII appear both magnanimous and monogamous.
* Commenting on the opening word, "Our", You may certainly pray it alone, but you are never alone when you pray it.
* And on "as in heaven so on earth", Heaven's in great shape: earth is where the problems are.

Even if one does not accept every detail of Crossan's interpretation of the Lord's Prayer, this book is packed with rich insights both into the overall Biblical narrative and into the Prayer itself.
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Dom Crossan manages to devote a full book to this foundational prayer of Christianity. His usual method is to link topics to the "matrix" in which they were first written, and he goes into detail of the first century of the Jesus movement and the relationship of the phrases of this well known prayer to the situation at the time. Probably the most noteworthy aspects for me were the explanations of "give us our daily bread" and "forgive our debts" as relating primarily to the basic problems of peasant life - enough food, and freedom from oppressive debt. This is a breath of fresh air when compared to the way the prayer is normally "spiritualised" today, with its concentration on "sin".
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The book arrived in good condition. It was dispatched quickly and packed well. It is a book I would recommend to anyone - easy to read and very informative. Relevant for today.
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