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 The Mustard Seed, Levine explores the parable of the Mustard Seed with questions of size and significance. She unpacks the parable’s challenge and finds that sometimes a plant may flourish simply by being left alone.
Running Time: 9:52
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