One of the more surprising features of Jesus’ ministry was his willingness to have personal encounters with people. And one of the most unique features of the Gospels is the unexpected stories that detail Jesus’ regular interruptions. These “interruptions” came in the form of people from all walks of life—young, old, rich, poor, sick, healthy, riddled with sin, or saddled by self-righteousness.
Encounters with Jesus explores the interactions between Jesus and the everyday people of the ancient biblical world. Whether they were part of the chosen twelve, or were outsiders desperate for Jesus’ healing touch, Gary Burge revisits Jesus’ daily interruptions in antiquity, reaching a startling conclusion that applies to you today: all are welcome.
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Gary M. Burge (PhD, King’s College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the department of Biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period.