Where is the cross in the parable of the prodigal son? For centuries, Muslims have used the father's forgiveness to question the need for a mediator between humanity and God. Kenneth Bailey presents this parable from a Middle Eastern perspective and, in doing so, powerfully demonstrates its' essentially Christian message. This revised edition of Bailey's classic, groundbreaking work now includes a new introduction and is updated throughout. In it, he highlights the underlying tensions between law and love, servanthood and sonship, as well as honor and forgiveness that grant this this story such timeless spiritual and theological power.
Kenneth Bailey is an ordained Presbyterian minister who spent forty years living and teaching in seminaries and institutes in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem, and Cyprus. For twenty of those years, Dr. Bailey was Professor of New Testament and Head of the Biblical Division of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, where he also founded and directed the Institute for Middle Eastern New Testament Studies. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh and McCormick Theological seminaries as well as at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. His writings have been translated and published in more than twenty languages. SPANISH BIO: Kenneth E. Bailey, ministro presbiteriano ordenado, vivio y enseno en seminarios e institutos en Egipto, Libano, Chipre y Jerusalen por cuarenta anos. Durante veinte de estos anos, el Dr. Bailey fue director de la division biblica y profesor de NuevoTestamento en la Escuela Teologica Near East en Beirut. Fue ahi donde tambien fundo y dirigio el Instituto de Estudios del Nuevo Testamento del Oriente Medio. Ha ensenado como profesor auxiliar en las academias teologicas de Pittsburg, McCormick y Fuller en California. Sus libros han sido traducidos y publicados en mas de veinte idiomas.