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The Prodigal God by Timothy J. Keller
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Keller provides new and deeper insights from the parable of Jesus commonly called the Prodigal Son. He focuses on the full family relationship of the father and the two sons, pointing out that common and traditional analyses stop with the story and plight of the Young Son.

Keller points out how the two sons represent two segments of society, specifically the Jewish society of Jesus’ day. This parable fits the pattern of all Jesus’ parables, in which he stands aside from the religious establishment and focuses on the core of Covenant relationship with God on which their national history was based.

Both sons were lost and needed reconciliation to their father. The older son who remained on the estate represented the religious self-righteous who think they do not need repentance. The younger penitent, humble son confessed he was not worthy of his father’s mercy and was willing to take an apprentice role with one of his father’s skilled contract workers.

This son represents those who come to God in true repentance and sorrow, without putting preconditions on God. Very insightful and apt applications to our modern society – a call to the religious and the non-religious.

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Reading Progress

February 22, 2016 – Started Reading
February 28, 2016 – Finished Reading
April 21, 2019 – Shelved

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