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Lazarus, Come Forth!: How Jesus Confronts the Culture of Death and Invites Us into the New Life of Peace

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The raising of Lazarus in John s Gospel is one of the most dramatic and poignant episodes in scripture. While traditionally read as a story about friendship and faith, Dear shows through his extended meditations how this story summarizes the persistent theme of the Gospel. If Lazarus represents humanity, the story of his raising is about the God of Life confronting the pow ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Orbis Books (first published October 19th 2011)
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
Jan 05, 2016 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it it was ok
These theologians can't help but get carried away with their eisogesis. What has a miraculous event such as raising Lazarus to do with the big theological, Gandhi stuff of non-violence and the confrontation of death culture?! Stretching a Biblical text too much is not fair exegesis. No need to come to the Bible with our own agendas and make it say what it doesn't say. Yes, death is a reality in Jesus's life and he is the one who said unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it rem ...more
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Nov 27, 2012 Shawn rated it really liked it
This is a very straight forward explanation of nonviolence as deployed into history through the life of Jesus. The author shows the story of Lazarus as a parallel for the awakening of humanity from the plight of violence, selfishness, discord, and strife. Lazarus, representing humanity, needs to be awakened into a new culture that involves the abolition of war, greed, injustice, poverty, executions, nuclear weapons, and environmental destruction.

The author contends that, like Lazarus, Jesus cal
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James Clayton
Jan 04, 2014 James Clayton rated it liked it
Though broadly sympathetic to Deer's views, and largely in agreement with the understanding of Christian mission he puts forward, I found this somewhat lacking as a study of the Lazarus narrative. Deer embellishes the story with details that simply aren't present in the text, and presents a view of Martha that is problematic to the point of borderline misogyny.

As a call to action it's powerful. As a source of stories of non-violent action it inspired me. And, quoting Wes Howard Brook, Deer's boo
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Holly
Apr 13, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
Powerful book on the call for social justice and peace through nonviolence. A call to nonviolence towards self, in relationship with others and interactions with the world at large. The teachings of Christ, through the story of Lazarus compells us, each of us, to live fully, become unbound and work towards justice.
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Sep 03, 2014 Kathryn H. rated it really liked it
A different perspective on the story of Lazarus emphasizing the turning from a culture of death to a new life of peace.
Steve
Jul 07, 2013 Steve rated it liked it
He uses the story of the resurrection of Lazarus in Book of John to make an impassioned plea for pacifism and non-violence. Although a bit strident and hyperbolic, he does make some good points.
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Father John Dear (The Society of Jesus) is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. A Jesuit priest, pastor, peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace.” In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

From 1998 until December 2000, he served as the exec
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