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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to the life of Jesus Christ
Author:
Grimbol, William R., 1949-
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Alpha, 2001.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Added Title:
Life of Jesus Christ.
ISBN:
9780028638461
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Book

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Summary

Summary

What do we really know of the life of Christ? This book delves into the life of the man that so many believe is the Messiah. It covers everything from the what the world would have been like at the time of Jesus to information on the Turin shroud.


Author Notes

Pastor William R. Grimbol, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, is minister of Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in New York and director of Shelter Island Community Youth Center


Table of Contents

Part 1 The Greatest Story Ever Toldp. 1
1 The Standpoint of the Gospelsp. 3
The Genesis of the Gospelsp. 3
Pronouncement Storiesp. 4
Sayingsp. 5
Miracle Storiesp. 5
Parablesp. 6
Clusters of Similesp. 6
Stories About Jesusp. 6
The Gospel Writers as Editorsp. 7
Mark's Standpointp. 8
Mark's Main Ideasp. 8
Jesus the Servantp. 9
Matthew's Standpointp. 10
Matthew's Methodp. 11
Jesus the Messiahp. 11
Luke's Standpointp. 12
The Language of Lukep. 13
Jesus the Champion of the Poor and Outcastp. 13
John's Standpointp. 14
Many Miraclesp. 15
Jesus Is the Son of Godp. 16
2 The Standpoint of Paulp. 19
The Importance of Paulp. 19
Who Paul Wasp. 20
Paul's Writingsp. 22
Paul's Gospel: All Have Sinnedp. 22
Paul's Gospel: Justified by Faithp. 23
Paul's Gospel: We Are in Christp. 24
Paul's Gospel: One in Baptismp. 25
Paul's Gospel: We Are All Transformedp. 26
Paul's Gospel: Wisdom Is for Adults Onlyp. 26
Part 2 Jesus the Jewp. 29
3 Jewish Roots: Part Onep. 31
Beginning with Abrahamp. 31
Moses and the Exodusp. 33
The Wandering in the Wildernessp. 34
The Promised Landp. 36
The Tribal Confederacyp. 38
Israel Becomes Like a Nationp. 38
King Saulp. 39
King Davidp. 39
King Solomonp. 40
4 Jewish Roots: Part Twop. 43
The Prophetsp. 44
Micaiahp. 45
Elijahp. 45
Amosp. 45
Hoseap. 45
Isaiahp. 45
Micahp. 46
Zephaniahp. 46
Jeremiahp. 46
Ezekielp. 47
Second Isaiahp. 48
Under Foreign Dominationp. 49
Beyond Exilep. 50
Part 3 Jesus the Babe, the Boy, and the Manp. 53
5 The Babe and the Boyp. 55
The Birth of the Baptistp. 55
Mary and Josephp. 57
O Little Town of Bethlehemp. 58
The Shepherdsp. 59
The Wise Menp. 59
Herodp. 60
The Ancient Ceremoniesp. 61
Jesus the Boyp. 62
6 Jesus the Manp. 65
The Baptismp. 65
The Temptationp. 67
The Rejectionp. 68
The Temperp. 70
The Griefp. 72
The Disciplesp. 74
The Questionable Womenp. 76
The Deathp. 77
Part 4 Jesus the Kingdom Builderp. 79
7 What to Dop. 81
Let Gop. 82
Take the Road Less Traveledp. 82
Pay the Pricep. 83
The Poor and the Lostp. 84
8 What Not to Dop. 87
Don't Be Afraidp. 87
Don't Harm Anyonep. 89
Don't Stop Forgivingp. 90
Don't Worship Your Walletp. 91
Don't Conformp. 92
Don't Give Upp. 92
9 What to Bep. 95
Be Happyp. 95
Be Lovingp. 98
Be Gratefulp. 99
Be Awarep. 101
10 What Not to Bep. 103
Don't Be Arrogant and Self-Importantp. 103
Don't Be Judgmental or Self-Righteousp. 105
Don't Be Spiritually Hollow and Bankruptp. 106
Part 5 Jesus the Storytellerp. 109
11 Parables: The Kingdom Is Like...p. 111
The Kingdom: A Multifaceted Conceptp. 111
Like a Mustard Seedp. 112
Like Yeastp. 112
Like Hidden Treasurep. 113
Like a Pearl of Great Pricep. 113
Like Good Soilp. 113
12 Parables: Lost and Foundp. 117
Jesus Empathized with the Lostp. 117
The Lost Sheepp. 118
The Lost Coinp. 119
The Lost Sonp. 120
The Younger Sonp. 120
The Fatherp. 121
The Elder Sonp. 121
13 Parables: Upside Downp. 123
The Rich Foolp. 124
The Great Feastp. 124
The Good Samaritanp. 125
Part 6 Jesus the Healerp. 127
14 The Healing Powers: Faith and Forgivenessp. 129
Faith vs. Fearp. 129
A Paralyzed Manp. 130
Two Blind Menp. 131
Blind Bartimaeusp. 132
The Healing at the Poolp. 133
The Bleeding Womanp. 133
The Roman Centurion's Servantp. 134
15 Demon Demolition Derbyp. 137
Jesus as Therapistp. 137
Jesus and Satanp. 138
A Mob of Demonsp. 139
A Boy with a Demonp. 141
16 Wombs and Tombsp. 143
Faith in the Resurrectionp. 143
Spiritual Deathp. 144
Nicodemus Is Born Againp. 145
The Widow's Sonp. 146
Lazarusp. 148
17 The X Filesp. 151
Understanding Miracles as Mythsp. 151
Feeding Five Thousandp. 152
Walking on Waterp. 153
Calming a Stormp. 154
Turning Water into Winep. 155
Part 7 Jesus the Messiahp. 157
18 The Imperfect Stormp. 159
The Transfigurationp. 159
The Planp. 160
The Washing of Stinky Feetp. 161
The Last Supperp. 161
The Crucifixionp. 163
19 It Is All About Appearancesp. 167
Jesus Rises from the Deadp. 168
Jesus Appears to Two Womenp. 169
Jesus Appears to Two Menp. 169
Jesus Appears to the Disciplesp. 170
20 The Holy Spirit: Amazing Gracep. 173
The Lamb of Godp. 174
The Bread of Lifep. 175
The Ever-Flowing Streamp. 177
The Light of the Worldp. 179
The Good Shepherdp. 180
The Wayp. 181
The Vinep. 184
21 Revelation: The Apocalypsep. 187
Apocalyptic Literaturep. 188
Apocalyptic Codep. 188
Apocalyptic Influences on Revelationp. 189
Apocalyptic Literature in the Biblep. 189
Apocalyptic Jesusp. 190
The Letters to the Churchesp. 191
The Message to the Church in Ephesusp. 191
The Message to the Church in Smyrnap. 191
The Message to the Church in Thyatirap. 192
The Message to the Church in Pergamump. 192
The Message to the Church in Sardisp. 192
The Message to the Church in Philadelphiap. 193
The Message to the Church in Laodiceap. 193
The Seven Visionsp. 194
The Beastp. 195
The Fall of Babylonp. 198
The New Agep. 199
Part 8 The Ministry Continuesp. 203
22 Acts: Faith in Actionp. 205
Luke's Purposep. 205
Pentecost and the Role of the Holy Spiritp. 206
The Prominent Role of Peterp. 207
The Jerusalem Churchp. 208
Philip, Paul, and Peterp. 209
The Role of the Church in Antiochp. 210
The Prominent Role of Paulp. 211
Paul's First Missionary Journeyp. 211
The Council at Jerusalemp. 212
The Rift Between Paul and Barnabasp. 213
The Second Missionary Journeyp. 213
The Third Missionary Journeyp. 214
23 The Letters of Paulp. 219
Paul and the Lawp. 220
Paul and Gracep. 221
Paul and the Jewsp. 223
Paul and Womenp. 224
Paul and the Churchp. 226
Paul and Christp. 227
Paul and Moneyp. 229
Paul and Lovep. 230
24 Ministry as a Way of Lifep. 233
Ministry as Inspirationp. 233
Ministry as Storytellingp. 234
Ministry as Preachingp. 236
Ministry as Teachingp. 237
Ministry as a Pastorp. 238
Ministry as a Prophetp. 239
Ministry as Community Buildingp. 239
Appendixes
A Four Soloists Pretending to Be a Quartetp. 241
B The Motley Crewp. 245
C The Cast of Charactersp. 249
D Further Readingp. 253
E Glossaryp. 255
Indexp. 259