Jesus and His Enemies: Narrative Conflict in the Four Gospels
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In narrative analysis, the message expressed in each of the four gospels is conveyed not just through Jesus' teachings or particu­lar stories but through the overall narrative itself - particularly through the introduction and resolution of conflict. Through dramatic narrative the evangelists show Christians how they are to act in situations of conflict without abandoning the demands of love.

As Robert Beck reflects, “This is the real test of the command to love one another, which finds its most exacting demand when we are in firm opposition.” The Gospels have much to say about this, though the answers are found in a place we seldom look: in the qualities of dramatic narrative itself. Jesus and His Enemies offers a fresh contribution to biblical teaching on violence, ethics, and the Christian pursuit of peace.

Robert R. Beck is a Catholic priest and professor emeritus of religious studies at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 248
Vendor: Orbis Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1626982430
ISBN-13: 9781626982437

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In this distinctive approach to the Gospels, Robert Beck shows how each of the individual evangelists communicates his message about Jesus through the narrative structure of each gospel, specifically, how each gospel deals with conflict between Jesus and his enemies and how this conflict is resolved. He offers an important way to discover how the Bible, and the gospels in particular, treat issues of violence, force, and coercion.

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