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Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story [Paperback]

By Kenneth E. Bailey (Author)
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"Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him." A father runs to welcome his prodigal son with open arms. What are the similarities between these two stories? Noting that Israel takes its name from Jacob, Bailey unpacks parallels freighted with theological significance, offering a fresh take on Jesus' view of Israel's destiny.

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Israel, the community to which Jesus belonged, took its name from their patriarch Jacob. His story of exile and return was their story as well. In the well-known tale of the prodigal son, Jesus reshaped the story in his own way and for his own purposes. In this work, Kenneth E. Bailey compares the Old Testament saga and the New Testament parable. He unpacks similarities freighted with theological significance and differences that often reveal Jesus' particular purposes. Drawing on a lifetime of study in both Middle Eastern culture and the Gospels, Bailey offers here a fresh view of how Jesus interpreted Israel's past, his present and their future.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0830827277  
ISBN13  9780830827275  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kenneth E. Bailey es autor y orador en estudios del Nuevo Testamento del Medio Oriente. Es ministro presbiteriano ordenado y se desempena como teologo canonigo de la Diocesis Anglicana de Pittsburgh. Es graduado en literatura e idioma arabe y en teologia sistematica; y posee un Doctorado en Teologia sobre el Nuevo Testamento.

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Incredible!  Dec 16, 2007
This book is stunning, and for multiple reasons. I've known Ken for much of my life, and I never cease to be mesmerized by his teaching. His insights into the parables are unparalleled. I came away from this book awed by the brilliance Jesus displayed in his story telling. I also came away with a renewed appreciation for God's grace revealed in Christ. I can't recommend this book enough, along with Ken's other work. His 30 minute videos are also incredible.
Theologians Only Need Apply  Jan 10, 2007
Kenneth Bailey, one of my pastor's professors from seminary, is a real expert on the cultures of the Middle East and both their impact on the way the Judaeo-Christian Scriptures were written and how they should be interpreted by Western Bible students today. I purchased this volume out of curiosity after reading another of Dr. Bailey's books (which I've also reviewed here). I was not disappointed, however I will warn all readers: his books are not for the light reader! This is HEAVY material! Very scholarly stuff, replete with citations and endnotes ad nauseam! If you are a SERIOUS student of the Bible and you want to delve deeply into the exegetical mysteries of the texts, you'll love Dr. Bailey's books. If not, you'll probably find them insufferably dry and so exhaustively detailed as to suffocate your interest in the subject matter.
Jesus Retells Israel's Story  Jun 22, 2006
Certainly Bailey here further contributes to his work on the Prodigal Son by showing with Mid-Eastern sources how Jesus answers his theological critics by retelling an OT story and inserting himself as the hero reconciling the very enemies' accusing him and thereby inserting them in the story as the ones offered this reconciliation.

Bailey's adept insights into sin, reconciliation and Christology are to be keenly noted and praised and utilized. Certainly and primarily this parable is about Jesus as the reconciler, the key to unlocking not only this parable but the Bible itself.

Worthy of reading, and rereading.
Bailey found it.  Apr 28, 2006
Great book. Bailey makes a persuasive case that the story of the Prodigal son is a retelling of the Jacob story. The prodigal son is not a contemporizing of the Jacob story like West Side Story is to Romeo and Juliet. Rather it is a retelling with the crucial elements reversed, slightly altered or preserved. The differences reveal the ministry and mission of Jesus better than the most exhaustive systematic theology. This book goes beyond Poet and a Prophet.

Jesus is a master storyteller. This book facilitates understanding why.
Drink deeply from Luke 15  Dec 31, 2005
There are portions of the Bible that are shockingly powerful and clear. One such portion is Luke 15 with the Parable of the Lost Sheep/Lost Coin/Lost Son. Bailey is as fine a commentator on this subject as you may find seeing how through this parable Jesus is retelling Israel's story and our own. Simply terrific (as are Bailey's other works!).

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