Preaching the Gospels Without Blaming the Jews  -     By: Ronald J. Allen, Clark M. Williamson
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Preaching the Gospels Without Blaming the Jews

Westminster John Knox Press / 2004 / Paperback

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The four Gospels are steeped in Judaism: one cannot understand any one of them without knowledge of Jewish people, practices, Scriptures, and institutions in the first century. At the same time, the Gospels reflect tension and even animosity between the communities of the Gospel writers and other Jewish groups and often caricature some Jewish people, practices, and institutions to justify a separation between traditional Jewish groups and the communities of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

In this timely commentary on the Gospel readings in the Revised Common Lectionary, Allen and Williamson call attention to ways in which the lections are continuous with the theology, values, and practices of Judaism and reflect critically on the caricatures in the readings. They explain the polemics in their first-century setting but criticize them historically and theologically. They also suggest ways that preachers can help their congregations move beyond these contentious themes to a greater sense of kinship and shared mission with Judaism.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 296
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0664227635
ISBN-13: 9780664227630
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Ronald Allen and Clark Williamson provide a commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel readings, demonstrating how the lections are continuous with the theology, values, and practices of Judaism and also identifying and reflecting on points at which the lections caricature Jewish people, practices, and institutions.

Author Bio

Ronald J. Allen is Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of numerous books about preaching and about the New Testament, including The Life of Jesus for Today. Clark M. Williamson is Indiana Professor Emeritus of Christian Thought at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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