Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the GospelsKenneth E. BaileyIVP Academic / 2007 / Trade Paperback$21.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
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MrricosChino Hills, CaAge: 45-54Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5A DECEPTIVE TITLE & REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY/ARABIST VIEWSJanuary 20, 2019MrricosChino Hills, CaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1The reader should be aware that this book is NOT from a Middle Easterner's viewpoint, it is from a Westerner's (Bailey's) viewpoint who spent time in the Middle East. I have read many other reviews to confirm or dispute the views I already formed about this book. Many reviewers come to similar conclusions. Bailey is clearly very partial to the Arabs (The Bible often calls God the "God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" as well as the "God of Israel." Yet the Bible does not stop there, as if only the Jews are the subject of God's love. Scriprure emphatically declares God's love for all of mankind, both Jews and Gentiles [which includes Arabs]. God chose the Jews to show His faithfulness and love toward us eventhough we are unfaithful. Many people have a problem with this. It is very possible the Lord gave Bailey a special love for the Arabs and therefore, they were the focus of his ministry). Bailey also held to a Supersessionist/Replacement Theology view. So far, he has not blatantly stated these views as many like him do, but anyone who at least has some knowledge of Replacement Theology and movements such as Christian Palestinianism will clearly see where he is going. He paints a picture of a Jesus who came to remove any (as Bailey labels it "ethnic exclusiveness") kind of Jewishness/Israelite traces from His new people, the Church. Although done subtly, Bailey degrades the Jews, Israel and their beliefs repeatedly. He points out numerous comparisons between Israel in the Old Testament (O.T.) and extra-biblical teachings in Judaism of which the New Testament (N.T.) Church allegedly had to change the meaning. Classic Replacement Theology, where words such as "Israel" meant "the nation of the Jews" in the O.T., but somehow in the N.T. the word changed to mean "the Church." So far, I'm very dissapointed with the book, as it is clearly not what it presented itself to be. Bailey does make some interesting points along the way, as well as many untenable ones, which for neither he gives any other scholarly/academic views to support his opinions. There where also several moments when I had to ask myself "What in the world is he talking about. Where is he trying to go with this," and could find nothing in support. Some people might find this book helpful in areas, although I could hardly call it a scholarly work.
cbcarter5 Stars Out Of 5incredibleSeptember 18, 2017cbcarterQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5what a great book. Seldom have i encountered so much new information and new perspective from one single book. One of my favorites of all time. Do yourself a favor and purchase this. Then sit back and have the scriptures opened in a way you seldom experience.
fred5 Stars Out Of 5highly recommendDecember 2, 2016fredQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0fresh perspective, worth reading and a 'keeper' for my library-wish it was hardcover.
Becky5 Stars Out Of 5Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the GospelsDecember 28, 2015BeckyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of the best books I've ever read--it really could be considered a textbook. Because of the author's level of understanding of the culture, it opened my understanding of why Jesus was so radical and why He literally turned the world upside down. I made me love Jesus even more. I have given this book to several of my family and friends.
MuttiEl Paso, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 30, 2012MuttiEl Paso, TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent book which answers many questions about scriptures that were puzzling to me before. The author is extremely gifted. Though being highly educated, he writes and uses diagrams that make the scriptures so clear to the average individual.