Contagious Holiness (New Studies In Biblical Theology Series)
Jesus' Meals with Sinners One of humanity's most basic and common practices - eating meals - was transformed by Jesus into an occasion of divine encounter. In sharing food and drink with his companions, he invited them to share...
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Jesus' Meals with Sinners
One of humanity's most basic and common practices - eating meals - was transformed by Jesus into an occasion of divine encounter. In sharing food and drink with his companions, he invited them to share in the grace of God. His redemptive mission was revealed in his eating with sinners, repentant and unrepentant alike.
Jesus' 'table fellowship' with sinners in the Gospels has been widely agreed to be historically reliable. However, this consensus has recently been challenged, for example, by the claim that the meals in which Jesus participated took the form of Greco-Roman symposia - or that the 'sinners' involved were the most flagrantly wicked within Israel's society, not merely the ritually impure or those who did not satisfy strict Pharisaic standards of holiness.
In this excellent and thorough study, Craig Blomberg engages with the debate and opens up the significance of the topic. He surveys meals in the Old Testament and the intertestamental period, examines all the Gospel texts relevant to Jesus' eating with sinners, and concludes with some contemporary applications. 224 pages, from IVP UK.
Dr. Craig Blomberg (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is currently a distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, before joining the faculty he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and was a research fellow in Cambridge, England with Tyndale House.
In addition to writing numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works and dictionaries or encyclopaedias, he has authored or edited 15 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Interpreting the Parables, Matthew (New American Commentary series), 1 Corinthians (NIV Application Commentary series), Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Posessions, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and Contagious Holiness: Jesus Meals with Sinners.
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