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Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

Kenneth E. Bailey

| IVP Academic | 2008

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Beginning with Jesus’ birth, Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ relationship to women, and especially Jesus’ parables.

Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead you into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus within his own cultural context. With a sure but gentle hand, Bailey lifts away the obscuring layers of modern Western interpretation to reveal Jesus in the light of his actual historical and cultural setting.

This entirely new material from the pen of Ken Bailey is a must-have for any student of the New Testament. If you have benefited from Bailey’s work over the years, this book will be a welcome and indispensable addition to your library. If you are unfamiliar with Bailey’s work, this book will introduce you to a very old yet entirely new way of understanding Jesus.

Author Bio

Kenneth E. Bailey is a Presbyterian author and lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament Studies. He is also a canon theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and an emeritus research professor of New Testament at the Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. Bailey has degrees in Arabic Language and Literature, Systematic Theology, and New Testament. From 1955 to 1995 he taught in several seminaries and institutes in Jerusalem, Lebanon, Egypt, and Cyprus. He has authored several books, including Paul through Mediterranean Eyes, The Cross and the Prodigal, Jacob and the Prodigal, and Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes.