Jesus knew how to tell a story. He knew that in order to get his message across he needed to relate to the people who gathered to listen—first century Jewish Palestinians—who lived in a very different world than the one in which we live today. It’s no wonder traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories sometimes seem anti-Semitic or misogynistic. In Short Stories by Jesus, author Amy-Jill Levine takes you back in time and explains how original audiences understood Jesus’ parables. You’ll learn how, when interpreted correctly, the parables still challenge and provoke contemporary readers two thousand years later. In addition to the book, a Participant Guide, Leader Guide, and DVD are available for this six-week study.
This Participant Guide provides an introduction to the main text as well as further Scripture commentary and reflection questions.