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The Jesus Scandals

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Jesus scandalized both friends and enemies.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published 2012 by Monarch Books
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TAMMY CUEVAS
Jun 20, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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James
Jul 18, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics, jesus
David Instone-Brewer has made scandal his business. He is a Baptist minister, biblical scholar and Senior Research Fellow at Tyndale House, Cambridge. As scandalous as ministry and academia may be, it is not his profession which provides scandal. Scandal is his professional interest. In particular, he reads the Gospels with an eye for what sort of scandals are evident in the life of Jesus, his followers and his teaching. Why? Because scandals self-authenticate Christian truth claims. As Instone- ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jul 15, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Jesus Scandals
Author: David Instone-Brewer
Pages: 160
Year: 2012
Publisher: Monarch Books
Note: A complimentary copy was provided for an honest review. Follow me on twitter @lcjohnson1988 or on my website: http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo...
What made you come and look at this review? Did you anticipate another book refuting the crucifixion or other such notorious events surrounding Jesus? Let me assure you that this book is not about that at all. If anything, this particular nonficti
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Renee
Jan 20, 2016 Renee rated it liked it
The Jesus Scandals by David Instone-Brewer is written in a lively, bold style with a strong scriptural basis. Biblical references are found through out each chapter.


This book delves into how Jesus' friends and enemies really thought about him and their reactions to his teachings. The author then takes the next step and shows us how Jesus' teaching are still shocking the world today.

It's separated into three sections: Scandals in Jesus' Life, Scandals Among Jesus' Friends and Scandals in Jesus'
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Harold Cameron
Sep 29, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing
“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
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Richard
Oct 25, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing

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.
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Ali
Apr 30, 2016 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In diesem Buch geht es um die angeblichen Skandale von Jesus Christus. Bestimmt denkt man sich jetzt dass man hier ein aufklärerisches Werk angeboten bekommt, dem ist es aber bei Weitem nicht so.

Die wirklich lesenswerten Stellen sind die ersten zwanzig Seiten, danach geht es mit der Spannug , vor allem für Menschen die von Religion nicht viel halten, nur noch bergab.

Das Buch ist in einem einfachen und lockeren Stil geschrieben worden. Es werden auch vergleiche bzw. Beispiele aus unsere Zeit und
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Lars
Aug 08, 2014 Lars rated it really liked it
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
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Steve
Jul 20, 2012 Steve rated it liked it


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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