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Mondays, January 22 – March 26, 2018 “Short Stories by Jesus” will use Amy-Jill Levine’s book by the same title as it’s guide as we explore some of Jesus’ parables in the context in which they were written, how we interpret them, and their application to our life.

“Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives.

In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.” (Harper-Collins Publishers)

Short Stories by Jesus will meet in the home of Dan and Lynn Wiard on Mondays, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. Please RSVP by December 29 so books can be ordered. A study guide will be provided. For an in-depth review of Levine’s book, click here.