Encounters with Jesus  -     By: Gary Burge
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Encounters with Jesus

Zondervan / 2010 / Paperback

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Do you sometimes feel like an "untouchable"? You're not alone! Burge examines Jesus' interactions with people from all walks of life---young, old, rich, poor, sick, healthy, riddled with sin, or saddled by self-righteousness---and discovers an approachable Savior who had time for everybody---including the seemingly invisible, the imperfect, and you! 128 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 031028046X
ISBN-13: 9780310280460
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Series: Ancient Context Ancient Faith

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Do you sometimes feel like an 'untouchable'? Have you ever been ashamed to say, 'You don't know what I've done, how unethical I've been, how many bad decisions I've made, how many times I've shaken my fist at God'? If so, you're not alone. Thankfully, author Gary M. Burge has a message for you, and others like you: Jesus wants to encounter you, just as you are. When Burge re-examined Jesus' biblical encounters with people -- being careful to view them in their unique historical context -- he emerged with fresh, powerful insights about how Jesus interacted with people then, and still does today 'One of the more surprising features of Jesus' ministry was his willingness to have personal encounters with people,' he writes. 'In fact, what is unique about the gospels are the unexpected stories that detailed Jesus' regular interruptions.' These 'interruptions' came in the form of people from all walks of life -- young, old, rich, poor, sick, healthy, riddled with sin, or saddled by self-righteousness. 'No situation or condition will impede Jesus' approach,' Burge writes. 'All are welcome.' Encounters With Jesus is a book that will be read, re-read, and recommended to friends and family alike because its message is sorely needed today: 'Jesus took time for people who thought they were invisible...this is a relief to those of us who are imperfect.'

Author Bio

Gary M. Burge (PhD, King's College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical andamp; Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God's People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller, and Encounters with Jesus. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period. SPANISH BIO: Gary M. Burge es profesor de Nuevo Testamento en Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois, y autor de numerosos libros sobre Jesus.

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    Absolutely Excellent. Have you ever just wanted a book that tells you about the culture Jesus lived in? And, why the people living in those times were so upset by Jesus? This is that book! The writing is great. It is conversational in tone (some big words are used, but it should still be fine for 5th grade and older to read. I think it is great to use for under 5th grade with a parent to discuss the photos or for those information-detail oriented kids). The author explains customs and life in the time of Jesus and explains why the meetings Jesus had with local people were so astonishing and upsetting to the community he lived in. For example, the military background of Rome in the chapter "The Centurion of Capernaum" is amazing, and short. This book would be great for anyone who wants some cultural background to discuss in group Bible Study or teach in Sunday School (you will look so smart!), or to mention in a sermon or paper, or use in home schooling. You can read the chapters in the order you want. The conclusion summarizes the points of the story. It's a paperback. It has color photos that show land, buildings, coins, dress, maps etc, that illustrate the writing. I'm so glad I bought it! I guess I just wish it was hardcover!
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