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The Jesus Scandals

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Jesus scandalized both friends and enemies.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published 2012 by Monarch Books
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Jesus often shocked his listeners with his teachings. His views were seen as radical by his contemporaries, and clashed with the teachings of the Jewish leaders of that time. His very birth was scandalous, and he was not shy about spending time with those considered less than desirable. He had compassion for those who no one else wanted. His very ministry, his life, death, and resurrection was a scandal.

Dr. Instone-Brewer has taken thirty areas of the teachings of Jesus and broken them down into
Harold Cameron
“Why He Shocked His Contemporaries (And Still Shocks Today)

“The author’s aim is to help thinking lay persons and people preparing sermons to apply NT ethics within a modern culture, while still remaining faithful to the text - by taking into account the ancient culture. This is high quality scholarship at a very accessible level. Over the centuries Jesus’s teaching on ethical matters has often become muted and distorted. This book sets the matter straight. Here are 30 areas of ethical debate: in

A contextual look into why Jesus was so scandalous to his contemporaries and why he continues to be today.

This book was fantastic. Instone-Brewer breaks the scandals into three parts:
Scandals in Jesus' life
Scandals among his friends
Scandals in his teaching

The chapters are very short but he packs a wallop in each one. He brings to light social and community insights that I never thought of before. And that is saying something with all of the "Jesus in his First Century Context" books I have read.
It starts of as an apologetics book, but then gradually turns into a devotional, and I'm not sure if the author intended this shift. It's easy to read, though, and I definitely learnt a lot about how the words and actions of Jesus would've been perceived in a first century rabbinic context. It interpretes familiar passages in new (or perhaps "old") ways.
However, the "scandalous" aspect of it all was kind of vague. Instone-Brewer could've been more consistent with what he thinks consitutes a "sca

Some excellent background on Jesus and the gospels from an expert in Rabbinic Judaism that enriches one's understanding. The author's motivation is to show, in part, that the gospels continue historically reliable information because Jesus' behaviour, friends, and teachings were so outrageous for his time that they wouldn't have been invented by his followers. Valuable for anyone interested in the history and culture of Jesus' time.
Richard Coombs
This an intriguing book to read. It is thought-provoking, well researched and well-written.

It consists of three parts - Scandals in Jesus' life; Scandals among Jesus' friends; and, Scandals in Jesus' teaching.

The author draws from OT and NT sources of the time which brings fresh understanding to several texts and incidents from Scripture.
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