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Surprised by Jesus: His Agenda for Changing Everything in A.D. 30 And Today [Hardcover]

By Tim Stafford (Author)
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IVP Print On Demand Title We all know who Jesus is--or think we do. We see children flock to him and gentle wisdom lovingly pour from him. We see the kindest man in the world. But these pictures are deceptively familiar. In the Gospels Jesus says and does many puzzling things--like shriveling a fig tree or telling followers to keep his miracles a secret. He is hard on his opponents, the Pharisees, but also makes extreme demands on his followers--like urging them to be as perfect as the Father in heaven. Tim Stafford, informed by acclaimed New Testament scholars such as N. T. Wright, takes us behind such two-dimensional images by unearthing the specific historical and cultural situation of Jesus' day. What Jesus said about the kingdom of God, about sin, about Satan, about prayer, about the temple, about Israel and the people of God were all profoundly affected by his being a Jew in a land dominated by the ancient Romans. In fact, through his message and actions he meant to change things far more profoundly in his day and ours than we can ever imagine.

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We all know who Jesus is--or think we do. We see children flock to him and gentle wisdom lovingly pour from him. We see the kindest man in the world. But these pictures are deceptively familiar. In the Gospels Jesus says and does many puzzling things--like shriveling a fig tree or telling followers to keep his miracles a secret. He is hard on his opponents, the Pharisees, but also makes extreme demands on his followers--like urging them to be as perfect as the Father in heaven. Tim Stafford, informed by acclaimed New Testament scholars such as N. T. Wright, takes us behind such two-dimensional images by unearthing the specific historical and cultural situation of Jesus' day. What Jesus said about the kingdom of God, about sin, about Satan, about prayer, about the temple, about Israel and the people of God were all profoundly affected by his being a Jew in a land dominated by the ancient Romans. In fact, through his message and actions he meant to change things far more profoundly in his day and ours than we can ever imagine.

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Surprised by Jesus: His Agenda for Changing Everything in A.D. 30 And Today by Tim Stafford has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 11/01/2006 page 100


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Item Specifications...


Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   253
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.77" Width: 5.71" Height: 1.05"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 23, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830833404  
ISBN13  9780830833405  


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Tim Stafford currently resides in Santa Rosa, in the state of California. Tim Stafford was born in 1950.

Tim Stafford has published or released items in the following series...
  1. River of Freedom


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Reviews - What do customers think about Surprised by Jesus: His Agenda for Changing Everything in A.D. 30 And Today?

Contextual Jesus  Mar 23, 2007
Stafford has done a great job of putting the historical Jesus in his Jewish context. The surprise is that what you find is antithetical to the Jesus of the western world. I liken it to the time, as a child, you first see your teacher in the grocery store. You can't believe they ever leave the school, and yet, there they are. You then redefine your view of your teacher, and it allows you to know them more deeply. For Stafford, Christ is not the predominantly health and wealth character of our materialistic society, but one who redefines community, and therefore redefines who we are in that community - historically, presently, and in the future. This is a great read, and one all should read to better understand what it is Christ is calling us to today.
 
Deep and True  Dec 12, 2006
This book presents a clear, more nuanced portrait of Jesus and of his mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Mr. Stafford interacts well with Bishop N.T. Wright's theology and presents some of his very helpful ideas very clearly and succinctly. I especially appreciate the excellent explanation of corporate personality that is easily understandable even to us hyper-individualistic Americans. This book is deep and true.
 
Yes I was surprised  Nov 3, 2006
As a new Christian this book brought home who Jesus is. I wanted to know more about him as a man and this book provided great insight to that. The writing is awsome as well. Funny and serious at the same time. Knowledgeable and thought provoking.
Also remember that to know Jesus better the Bible is a wealth of information that can never be replaced by books explaining the bible. Beware to check yourself and do some more praying and research. Never believe what only one person has to say. Know your stuff before you pass it on!
Great book -- recommend it to all. Enjoy!
 
3 stars  Aug 1, 2006
*** The Post Modern version of Jesus is a very tame figure, not one that could be described as "dangerous, but good" to paraphrase C.S. Lewis. However, contrary to the warm fuzzy version that has become popular, the Bible paints a different portrait, one that will startle readers who have not taken the time to study the Scriptures. The author highlights several points that the New Testament makes clear. Included in his discourse is a chapter that sheds new light on the Lord's Prayer and exhortions to warn people about judgement. If you've read the Bible, then there is nothing new here, but it might give you some idea of how to make these points part of your daily walk. ***

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.
 

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