The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary   Message of the Lord's Prayer   -     By: John Dominic Crossan
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The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer

HarperOne / 2010 / Hardcover

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"Noted biblical scholar Crossan makes a fresh look at the Lord's Prayer, taking key words (Father, name, kingdom, will, bread, debt, and temptation), examining their meaning in a biblical context, concluding that they are a revolutionary manifesto, proclaiming nonviolence and distributive justice,"---Booklist. 208 pages, hardcover. HarperOne.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0061875678
ISBN-13: 9780061875670
Availability: In Stock

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Every Sunday, the Lord’s Prayer echoes in churches around the world.

It is an indisputable principle of Christian faith. It is the way Jesus taught his followers to pray and distills the most essential beliefs required of every one of the world’s 2.5 billion Christians. In The Greatest Prayer, our foremost Jesus scholar explores this foundational prayer line by line for the richest and fullest understanding of a prayer every Christian knows by heart.

An expert on the historical Jesus, Crossan provides just the right amount of history, scholarship, and detail for us to rediscover why this seemingly simple prayer sparked a revolution. Addressing issues of God’s will for us and our response, our responsibilities to one another and to the earth, the theology of our daily bread, the moral responsibilities that come with money, our nation-states, and God’s kingdom, Crossan reveals the enduring meaning and universal significance of the only prayer Jesus ever taught.

Author Bio

John Dominic Crossan,professor emeritus at DePaul University, iswidely regarded as the foremost historicalJesus scholar of our time. He currentlyserves as the president of the Society of BiblicalLiterature. He is the author of severalbestselling books, including The HistoricalJesus; Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; and,most recently, The Greatest Prayer. Crossanlives in Minneola, Florida.

Publisher's Weekly

No prayer is better known in the Christian world than the Lord's Prayer, taught by Jesus to His disciples as they listened to Him preach about the Kingdom of God. Crossan, co-founder of The Jesus Seminar and acclaimed author of many works on the life and mission of Jesus Christ, writes to answer the question, "How can we who live today hear the words of the Lord's Prayer in ways that reflect the concerns of His immediate hearers and impact our lives 2,000 years later?" Delving deeply into the story of the Jewish nation in Jesus' time, Crossan shows how Jesus, couched in the words of this prayer, advises His followers to reject violent methods of resisting their Roman captors, and instead work for the coming of the Kingdom of God, the only way to achieve true freedom. The theme of nonviolence permeates this book and becomes the foundation for Crossan's understanding, not only of the Lord's Prayer, but also of a variety of extra-biblical sources he references to support his thesis. A fine effort by a fine scholar. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

“...A must-read, a guidebook for how and why the only prayer Jesus ever taught endures.”
“Even if one disagrees with the author’s conclusions, it will be difficult to dislike his book, as one of Crossan’s gifts is his ability to challenge his readers in a gentle, respectful, and nonconfrontational manner.”
“John Dominic Crossan is arguably the world’s foremost scholar of the historical Jesus. In The Greatest Prayer, Crossan argues that Christianity’s best-known invocation is misunderstood and undervalued in today’s society.”
Crossan... shows how Jesus, couched in the words of this prayer, advises His followers to reject violent methods... and instead work for the coming of the Kingdom of God, the only way to achieve true freedom. . . . A fine effort by a fine scholar.”
“A full and loving exposition... of Christianity’s best-known and most-recited prayer. Crossan’s pastoral intent is more straightforward here than in some of his other works; scholars will appreciate the richness of his readings, while nonscholarly readers will be grateful for the directness and clarity of his approach.”
“Crossan’s reflections reveal something that may surprise his detractors: a man of profound and challenging faith, who in h is efforts to demystify Jesus has called us all back to the core of the gospel message.”
“[P]rovides a satisfying blend of history, scholarship and theology in researching the moral responsibilities that come with living a Godly life. The fundamental Lord’s Prayer here serves as a foundation for examining the principles of this life.”
“Controversial biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan finds in Jesus’ words an evocation for ‘distributive justice,’ making sure all are cared for.”

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