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Jesus Behaving Badly

Mark L Strauss
Jesus Behaving Badly
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Jesus Behaving Badly

Mark L Strauss

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:Everybody likes Jesus. Don't they?We overlook that Jesus was
  • Judgmental?preaching hellfire far more than the apostle Paul
  • Uncompromising?telling people to hate their families
  • Chauvinistic?excluding women from leadership
  • Racist?insulting people from other ethnic groups
  • Anti-environmental?cursing a fig tree and affirming animal sacrifice
  • Angry?overturning tables and chasing moneychangers in the temple
He demanded moral perfection, told people to cut off body parts, made prophecies that haven't come true, and defied religious and political authorities. While we tend to ignore this troubling behavior, the people around Jesus didn't. Some believed him so dangerous that they found a way to have him killed.The Jesus everybody likes, says Mark Strauss, is not the Jesus found in the Gospels. He's a figure we've created in our own minds. Strauss believes that when we unpack the puzzling paradoxes of the man from Galilee, we find greater insight into his countercultural message and mission than we could ever have imagined.

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:Everybody likes Jesus. Don't they?We overlook that Jesus was

  • Judgmental?preaching hellfire far more than the apostle Paul
  • Uncompromising?telling people to hate their families
  • Chauvinistic?excluding women from leadership
  • Racist?insulting people from other ethnic groups
  • Anti-environmental?cursing a fig tree and affirming animal sacrifice
  • Angry?overturning tables and chasing moneychangers in the temple
He demanded moral perfection, told people to cut off body parts, made prophecies that haven't come true, and defied religious and political authorities. While we tend to ignore this troubling behavior, the people around Jesus didn't. Some believed him so dangerous that they found a way to have him killed.The Jesus everybody likes, says Mark Strauss, is not the Jesus found in the Gospels. He's a figure we've created in our own minds. Strauss believes that when we unpack the puzzling paradoxes of the man from Galilee, we find greater insight into his countercultural message and mission than we could ever have imagined.
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Meet the Author

Mark L Strauss

Mark L. Strauss (PhD., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He is the author of The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts; Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy; Luke in the Illustrated Bible Background Commentary; The Essential Bible Companion; and Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels.

He has recently completed the The Gospel of Mark for Expositor's Bible Commentary and is writing The Gospel of Mark for the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary. His professional associations include the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature. He is a frequent preacher at San Diego area churches and has served in three interim pastorates.

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  • :list Of Abbreviations1. Everybody Likes Jesus2. Revolutionary Or Pacifist?3. Angry Or Loving?4. Environmentalist Or Earth Scorcher? 5. Legalist Or Grace Filled?6. Hellfire Preacher Or Gentle Shepherd?7. Antifamily Or Family Friendly? 8. Racist Or Inclusivist? 9. Sexist Or Egalitarian?10. Was Jesus Anti-semitic?11. Failed Prophet Or Victorious King?12. Decaying Corpse Or Resurrected Lord?discussion Questionsnotesscripture Index

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  • Catalogue Code 437159
  • Product Code 9780830824663
  • ISBN 0830824669
  • EAN 9780830824663
  • Pages 223
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Christ
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Oct 2015
  • Sales Rank #60569
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.272kg

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