The Jesus Scandals: Why He Shocked His Contemporaries (And Still Shock Today)
If tabloid newspapers had existed during the first century, Jesus would have featured constantly in the headlines. His name was unequivocally linked with scandal of one kind or another. Details of these were recorded by both his friends and his...
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If tabloid newspapers had existed during the first century, Jesus would have featured constantly in the headlines. His name was unequivocally linked with scandal of one kind or another. Details of these were recorded by both his friends and his enemies - historical records that are invaluable to us today. They provide insights into Jesus' life and teaching that have been obscured by the centuries and tell us what his contemporaries really thought. It examines issues including Jesus' parentage and accusations of his alcohol abuse and fraudulent miracles; the dubious status of his followers - poorly educated, ex-prostitutes and the certifiably mad; his anti-religious teaching on temple practices, eternal torment, easy divorces and judgement in this life; and his thoughts of suicide, shameful execution and impossible resurrection. Faithful to the biblical text, this carefully researched book can be read as a whole or as stand-alone chapters and provide excellent material for house groups and as discussion starters.
The author's aim is to help thinking lay persons and people preparing sermons to apply NT ethics within a modern culture, while still remaining faithful to the text - by taking into account the ancient culture. This is high quality scholarship at a very accessible level. Over the centuries Jesus's teaching on ethical matters has often become muted and distorted. This book sets the matter straight. Here are 30 areas of ethical debate: in each context Jesus offered insights which would have left his contemporaries agape. They range from singleness (rare: could Jesus be trusted?) to abortion (unwanted children were strangled, and the early church notably took a strong stance against this practice) to sexual immorality (the NT church had an unusually high number of people who had been sexually promiscuous) to boasting (Jesus taught his disciples to take lowly titles as he did for himself, but the church ignored him).
The Rev. Dr. David Instone-Brewer (Ph.D., Cantab) is senior research fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament at the Institute for Early Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World, Tyndale House, Cambridge, and a member of the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge and the British Association of Jewish Studies.
He previously served as a Baptist minister. He is now engaged in a five-year project to identify and explain rabbinic traditions before A.D. 70. Previous publications include Techniques and Assumptions in Jewish Exegesis Before 70 C.E. (Mohr, 1992), Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible (Eerdmans, 2002), Divorce and Remarriage in the Church (Paternoster, 2003); Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2004) and Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament, Volume 2A: Feasts and Sabbaths - Passover and Atonement (Eerdmans, 2009).
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