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In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus' narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these "problems with parables", taking us back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables' connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures, and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for a contemporary listener, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us - and when understood rightly, still challenge and provoke us 2,000 years later.
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By James on 09-06-17
A welcome change of perspective
Though a few of the chapters went a little more in-depth than I expected, over all the book was a refreshing reorientation of context in regard to the parables. Having grown up hearing the dumbed down interpretations, reawakening the challenging complexity of the stories was refreshing, especially since they run across religious lines in the sand...
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By Tobias Middlemarch on 07-11-17
Fantastic, like all of Amy-Jill Levine's work.
I love stories and storytelling, and Amy-Jill Levine expounds on story, morality and interpretation, as well as their implications on how we live and act in the world. I hope you give it a listen.
The narrator was great, but I wish it were Amy-Jill reading. Just a personal preference.
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