Kenneth Bailey

Two books by Kenneth Bailey (all text pasted from Amazon):

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes ($17.16 @ Amazon).

jesusmiddleeastBeginning with Jesus’ birth, Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ relationship to women and especially Jesus’ parables.

Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead you into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus within his own cultural context. With a sure but gentle hand, Bailey lifts away the obscuring layers of modern Western interpretation to reveal Jesus in the light of his actual historical and cultural setting.

This entirely new material from the pen of Ken Bailey is a must-have for any student of the New Testament. If you have benefited from Bailey’s work over the years, this book will be a welcome and indispensable addition to your library. If you are unfamiliar with Bailey’s work, this book will introduce you to a very old, yet entirely new way of understanding Jesus.

Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel’s Story ($12.24 @ Amazon)

jacobandprodigalIsrael, the community to which Jesus belonged, took its name from their patriarch Jacob. His story of exile and return was their story as well.In the well-known tale of the prodigal son, Jesus reshaped the story in his own way and for his own purposes. In this work, Kenneth E. Bailey compares the Old Testament saga and the New Testament parable. He unpacks similarities freighted with theological significance and differences that often reveal Jesus’ particular purposes. Drawing on a lifetime of study in both Middle Eastern culture and the Gospels, Bailey offers here a fresh view of how Jesus interpreted Israel’s past, his present and their future.

Well, three actually … no, four!!

Poet and Peasant & Through Peasant Eyes: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke (Combined edition … $19.14 @ Amazon).

Kenneth Bailey draws on more than twenty years of experience with Middle Eastern peasant culture in his study of the literary structure and cultural milieu of sixteen of Jesus’ most significant parables as they are recorded in Luke.

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