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Beginning with Jesus’ birth, Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ relationship to women, and especially Jesus’ parables. Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead you into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus within his own cultural context. With a sure but gentle hand, Bailey lifts away the obscuring layers of modern Western interpretation to reveal Jesus in the light of his actual historical and cultural setting. This entirely new material from the pen of Ken Bailey is a must-have for any student of the New Testament. If you have benefited from Bailey’s work over the years, this book will be a welcome and indispensable addition to your library. If you are unfamiliar with Bailey’s work, this book will introduce you to a very old yet entirely new way of understanding Jesus.

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Date Published

January 22, 2008

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2012 Christianity Today Book Award winner

Honored in 2006 as a “Year’s Best Book for Preachers” by Preaching magazine

Logos Bookstores’ 2015 Best Book in Theology / Doctrine / Reference


Christian History church history, cultural analysis, history, Jesus

Biblical studies, New Testament, Paul

New Testament, Luke, Jesus & the Gospels, religious studies, world religions, Islam

Biblical studies, New Testament, Jesus & the Gospels

Biblical studies, New Testament topics & issues, Old Testament, history of the Middle East

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Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels, examining the life and ministry of Jesus. The work dispels the obscurity of Western interpretations with a stark vision of Jesus in his original context.

In this groundbreaking study of Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians, Kenneth Bailey examines the canonical letter through Paul’s Jewish socio-cultural and rhetorical background and through the Mediterranean context of its Corinthian recipients.

Kenneth E. Bailey interprets the parable of the prodigal son from a Middle Eastern perspective. When we approach it with the correct cultural lens, Bailey argues, the parable’s true Christological character is revealed.

Kenneth E. Bailey compares the Old Testament saga of Jacob and the New Testament parable of the prodigal son, offering a fresh view of how Jesus interpreted Israel’s past, his present, and their future.

Kenneth Bailey traces the theme of the good shepherd from its origins in Psalm 23 through the prophets and into the New Testament, observing how it changed, developed and was applied by the biblical writers over a thousand-year span.

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Publisher‏:‎IVP Academic (January 22, 2008)
Paperback‏:‎443 pages
Item Weight‏:‎1.6 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎6.1 x 1.3 x 9 inches
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