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 Jews—who lived in a very different world than the one in which we live today. 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 new interpretations of the parables continue to challenge and provoke contemporary readers two thousand years later.
In this video session, titled Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son, Levine looks closely at three parables: the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Parable of the Lost Coin, and the Parable of the Lost Son (also known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son). She lifts up the parables’ emphases on counting to show how we might regard each other and pay attention to who counts.
Running Time: 11:09
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