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A New Book Discussion for a New Year

Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

by Amy-Jill Levine

The CCUCC Book Group begins 2015 with another great book selection.  If you’d like to participate in the reading and discussion, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page or sign up the next time you are at church.  We meet Tuesdays at 6:15 pm at the church.  Everyone is welcome.

Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt, is also a practicing Jew.  She joins her deep respect for Jesus with a passionate desire to educate about the Jewish context of the Christian scriptures.  This combination, along with her disarming, accessible writing style, results in a thought provoking and challenging book which offers new ways of entering into these ancient parables.

Here is what a few others have to say about the book:

“As subversive as any parable, this shakes the faithful where we most need to be shaken, showing how close we have come to disarming some of Jesus’ most potent teachings. Every new book from Levine startles me with its brilliance and pluck, but this one goes next to my Bible.” —Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World & Learning to Walk in the Dark

“This is probably the best book on parables available today: brief, informative, witty, and very interesting. A perfect introduction for the merely curious, but even passionate readers who have lived with these stories for decades will find their eyes and hearts opened by Levine’s provocative insights.” —Mark Allan Powell, editor of the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary

“Amy-Jill Levine offers new translations of the parables, recovering the sense of provocation and challenge they would have presented to their first-century audiences. The Jesus we see here came up with inventive ways to challenge his listeners, and didn’t allow them easy answers or room for self-congratulation.” —Boston Globe

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