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Title:
Stories Jesus told : modern meditations on the parables
Author:
Hughes, John Jay.
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Publication Information:
Liguori, Mo. : Liguori, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 133 pages; 21 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780764804137
Format :
Book

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Central Library BT375.2 .H76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Everyone loves a story. And Jesus' audience was no different from ours today. Using the parable (which the author defines as "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning") to teach his followers basic truths, lessons in right and wrong, so to speak, was a mark of Jesus' ministry. Some -- like the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son -- are quite familiar, while others-such as the beggar Lazarus at the rich man's gate-are less so. "The images Jesus in his parables", the author says, "are so simple that they can be understood by children, yet so profound that scholars are still pondering them twenty centuries later". John Jay Hughes has chosen fourteen stories for this book of meditations, whose themes cover trust in God; social justice; human rights; the raising of the lowly; forgiveness; understanding; and more. The author's fresh spin on these familiar stories, his rich insight and ability to share concrete applications that speak to our culture and time, as well as the inclusion of pointed "Questions for Reflection" at the end of each meditation-essay, make this a companionable book for contemporary spiritual reading.


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