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 Widow and the Judge, Levine looks closely at stereotypes of widows and judges in antiquity and today. Through the parable, she considers such issues as the difference between justice and vengeance, and whether violence is ever justified.
Running Time: 10:31
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