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Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels draws readers into a deeper understanding of ancient Israel and first-century Judaism—the clothing, setting, political climate, and more—all to better understand Jesus’ ministry. Instead of reading the Gospels through twenty-first-century eyes, author Cyndi Parker introduces readers to the larger context with the weight of the Old Testament behind them.
This is an approachable and conversational book that introduces the reader to the complex human world of Jesus. Have you ever wondered if it is important that Jesus grew up in Nazareth but moved his public ministry to Capernaum, even though Jerusalem was the capital of Jewish thought? Does it seem strange to you that Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes held significantly divergent religious views, even though they were all Jewish? In this book, Cyndi Parker guides us through the intriguing drama of history that created the context of first-century Judaism. She extends an invitation to readers to take a new look at the long drama of God’s interactions with humanity that reach a climax in the life of Jesus.
Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels focuses on the complexities of the political, social, literary, and religious context of the Gospels. The purpose is to advance readers’ understanding of the Gospels and help them encounter Jesus, the disciples, and crowds as real people in a real place at a time vastly different from today. Come explore the land of ancient Israel with its dramatic history, culture, and religion. Includes many images, maps, photos, and drawings throughout!
|Title: Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels|
By: Cyndi Parker
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW073109
Cyndi Parker (PhD, University of Gloucestershire) teaches in seminaries, universities, and churches around the world. Cyndi lived in Jerusalem for five years, has led dozens of trips to Israel, and continues to develop innovative, educational trips that inspire students of all ages through experiential education.
“This book has helped me see patterns in the narratives and the images of Scripture that greatly enrich my grasp of the integral connection between the Old and New Testaments. Dr. Parker’s easy to read narrative writing style in many ways echoes the narrative style of the Gospels themselves. Her teaching style reflects her excellent skills as a classroom teacher. Like Jesus and the rabbis she teaches through the use of probing questions and dialogue rather than through the dogmatic pronouncements many of us have experienced during our own educational journeys. While whetting my appetite for digging deeper Cyndi Parker has provided a huge supply of ‘bread’ for further nourishment with her insightful footnotes, excellent bibliography, and very helpful suggested reading list. I will be returning to this book frequently in the future.”
—Pastor Jack Huttinga, retired pastor who wishes this book had been available 45 years ago.
“Parker reminds us that the Bible is not just a text to read, it is a whole world to explore. For many years, she has led classes and tours through the physical sites of biblical history. Now she lends her expertise to help readers encounter Jesus in a fresh way through better understanding the history, culture, and geography of Jesus’ life and ministry. This is a great way to enhance your understanding of the story of Jesus in the Gospels.”
—Nijay K. Gupta, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
“Cyndi Parker has produced a reliable, accessible, and interesting introduction to Jesus within his canonical, historical, geographical, political, and cultural context. Readers will become aware of how their own cultural assumptions drive so much of their biblical interpretation, and they will gain a deeper and more accurate understanding of Jesus and his world. She has packed a lot into this relatively concise book, for which readers will be extremely grateful!”
—Roy E. Ciampa, Armstrong Chair of Religion, Samford University
“This book entices the reader into the whole story of Scripture through the land and key figures that are found within. Written in engaging style and full of insight and depth, this book allows both student and layperson to walk into the story of Scripture with ease.”
—Sarah Harris, New Testament Lecturer, Carey Baptist College
“Cyndi Parker offers us a refreshing view of Jesus—one that embraces him as a rabbi, coworker, and friend immersed in the multifaceted world of first-century Judaism. Written in a sweeping, conversational style, this book guides us through the interplay of history, geography, religion, and worldview that shaped the hopes, aspirations, and real-world nitty-gritty of Jews in the time of the Gospels. Parker brings the acumen of a scholar, the sensitivity of a teacher, and the heart of a believer—all honed by years of engaging the reality of the Gospels in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. Read this book. It will help you know Jesus better.”
—Paul H. Wright, President, Jerusalem University College
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