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Jesus A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships with Women

Andrew Greeley

Forge Books

0765320290

9780765320292

Trade Paperback

176 Pages

$16.99

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Jesus of Galilee taught through stories, which even today contain the power to startle us out of our prejudices and preconceptions. Now Father Andrew M. Greeley, one of America’s most beloved storytellers, examines the parables told by Jesus in search of a fuller understanding of the man and his message.

This engaging and informal collection of homilies reveals a Jesus whose simple parables carry profound lessons about the Kingdom of Heaven. Along the way, Father Greeley touches on such provocative topics as the significance of Jesus’s Jewish roots, his deep and revolutionary relationship with women, The Da Vinci Code, and The Passion of the Christ. He also singles out the four greatest parables, which best illustrate the infinite love and mercy of the God whose kingdom began with Jesus and continues even today.

As a storyteller, Jesus often surprised his listeners with unexpected twists that challenged them to see the world in a whole new light. Father Greeley’s insightful tour of the Gospels provides a fresh look at the parables that strips away centuries of false and mistaken interpretations to get at the essential truth of who Jesus really was and what he believed.

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“Few religious scholars have been able to distill the often-arcane mysteries of Catholicism with the passion and the clarity of Father Greeley.”—Booklist

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Introduction
 We must begin a search for understanding some of the stories of Jesus with the realization that he is deliberately elusive, mysterious, enigmatic, paradoxical. Hence we will never finish our search. We will never understand him. He is a man of surprises, appropriate for one who claims to witness a God of surprises. Thus, when we think we at last have figured him out, truly understand him, and can sign him up for our cause, we find that he has slipped away. When we are convinced that we can quote him in support of our own side in any argument, Jesus is out of here. The Jesus
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    "We must begin our story of Jesus by granting him permission to surprise us endlessly...." ---from the Introduction

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Andrew Greeley

  • One of the most influential Catholic thinkers and writers of our time, as well as a priest, a sociologist, an author, and a journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley is the author of more than fifty bestselling novels and more than one hundred works of nonfiction. Father Greeley is a respected scholar whose current research focuses on the sociology of religion.
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