Examine the most difficult teachings of Jesus with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.
Jesus provided his disciples teachings for how to follow Torah, God’s word; he told them parables to help them discern questions of ethics and of human nature; he offered them beatitudes for comfort and encouragement. But sometimes Jesus spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult. He instructs disciples to hate members of their own families (Luke 14:26), to act as if they were slaves (Matthew 20:27), and to sell their belongings and give to the poor (Luke 18:22). He restricts his mission (Matthew 10:6); he speaks of damnation (Matthew 8:12); he calls Jews the devil’s children (John 8:44).
In The Difficult Words of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how have they been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.
The six-session DVD features Dr. Amy-Jill Levine guiding participants through the study. The video sessions are approximately 10-12 minutes in length and, when combined with the six book chapters, make an ideal six-week group study. All videos sessions are closed captioned.
In this session, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine discusses Jesus’s instruction to the rich man to sell all he owns and give to the poor. She explores themes of wealth in the gospels and implications for believers today.
Running Time: 13:07
In this session, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine focuses on Jesus’s instruction to hate father and mother in order to be his disciple. She looks at family relationships in the gospels and explores implications for families today.
Running Time: 12:48
In this session, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine discusses Jesus’ instruction to be “slave of all”. She talks about the problem of slave language throughout the Bible and suggests alternatives.
Running Time: 12:47
In this session, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores Jesus’s instruction not to go to the Gentiles. She examines the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in the gospels and lifts up implications for our own time.
Running Time: 13:58
In this session, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine discusses Jesus’s statements about weeping and gnashing of teeth. She explores the idea of heaven and hell in the New Testament and implications for believers today.
Running Time: 11:59
In this session, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine looks at the Gospel of John’s discussion of “the Jews.” She reflects on the first century reality of Jewish identity and contemporary versions of antisemitism mistakenly taken from this text.
Running Time: 11:37