Dr. Kenneth Bailey in my opinion is one of, if not, the premier Christian writer who analyzes culture through the eyes of a Middle Easter during the 1st Century. Bailey has written several books concerning the examination of this culture and parables mostly in Luke. He has the unique ability to open ones eyes to examining this scripture in an enlightened manner. Dr. Bailey brings the scripture to life and fully supports Gods Word. I highly encourage anyone to read Dr. Baileys books. His approach to analyzing scripture structure, rhetoric, can be somewhat academic and make you think you are in a college English class, but once you get through this part, the rest of the book is extremely enjoyable reading at any education level. In this book, he compares the epic story of Jacob to the Jesus parable in Luke 15. I promise you that you will never look at the story of the Prodigal Son in the same way.