The Cross & the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants
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The Cross & the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants  -     By: Kenneth E. Bailey

The Cross & the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants

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Bailey has been living and teaching in the Middle East for 40 years; thus, his knowledge of customs and practices there is matchless. From his extensive firsthand observations, he is able to offer unique insight into the meaning of Jesus' parables as they relate to law, honor, forgiveness, etc.

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Title: The Cross & the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants
By: Kenneth E. Bailey
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 156
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 0830832815
ISBN-13: 9780830832811
Stock No: WW832815

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Preaching Magazine Year's Best Book for Preachers

Where is the cross in the parable of the prodigal son?

For centuries, Muslims have called attention to the father's forgiveness in this parable in order to question the need for a Mediator between humanity and God. In The Cross and the Prodigal, Kenneth E. Bailey--New Testament scholar and long-time missionary to the Middle East--undertakes to answer this question.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of both the New Testament and Middle Eastern culture, Bailey presents an interpretation of this parable from a Middle Eastern perspective and, in doing so, powerfully demonstrates its essentially Christian message. Here Bailey highlights the underlying tensions between law and love, servanthood and sonship, honor and forgiveness that grant this story such timeless spiritual and theological power.

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Kenneth E. Bailey is an author and lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament studies. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he also serves as Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church, U.S.A. He holds graduate degrees in Arabic language and literature, and in systematic theology; his Th.D. is in New Testament. He spent forty years living and teaching New Testament in the Middle East. Bailey has written many books in English and in Arabic, including Poet Peasant, Through Peasant Eyes and Jacob the Prodigal.

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