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Cross & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story [Paperback]

Kenneth E. Bailey
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June 15 2005
Honored in 2006 as a "Year's Best Book for Preachers" by magazine.

Where is the cross in the parable of the prodigal son?

For centuries, Muslims have called attention to the father's forgiveness in this parable in order to question the need for a Mediator between humanity and God. In Kenneth E. Bailey--New Testament scholar and long-time missionary to the Middle East--undertakes to answer this question.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of both the New Testament and Middle Eastern culture, Bailey presents an interpretation of this parable from a Middle Eastern perspective and, in doing so, powerfully demonstrates its essentially message. Here Bailey highlights the underlying tensions between law and love, servanthood and sonship, honor and forgiveness that grant this story such timeless spiritual and theological power.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review Aug. 2 2013
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Although I am not finished reading the book yet, so far it has proven very thought-provoking. It takes a doctrine such as repentance, and translates it into a fresh insight.... Thanks very much for this wonderful book.

Neil Paul
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful Sept. 8 2013
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Excellent reference and good teaching; useful for sermon or devotional preparation. Highly recommended for it's depth and clarification. I quite enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts from a regular gal Dec 30 2008
By Yvonne Frender - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm just a regular gal - I'm not a biblical scholar, pastor, or friend of the author (although I wouldn't mind meeting him!). This is the 2nd Baily book that I've read (the other being 'Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes'). I throughly enjoy his works becuase they are insightful, colorful, scholarly (I don't often see academia and faith beautifully melding with one another) and plainly written. From this book I got a better sense of the pouring-out redemption of God toward mankind. I could write a million words and not do it justice. If you are interested in having a more complete understanding of this parable, I highly recommend that you read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Cross-Cultural, Eye-opening Sept. 27 2006
By Paul Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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One of Jesus' most astonishing stories, a story that has resonated down through the ages, is commonly known in English as The Prodigal Son. In this book, Kenneth Bailey retells this familiar story through the eyes of Middle Eastern peasants.

Bailey is a longtime missionary, a man who has spent his life among the peasants of the Middle East. Bailey really knows village life. And that makes all the difference in understanding Jesus' story.

But this book is much more than another commentary. Bailey (along with IVP) has made a beautiful book. There are several plates decorated with Arab calligraphy, and half the book is a four-scene drama - a retelling of the story in a small village, complete with the score to one of the characters' songs. This is an exemplary work, engaging heart and mind at once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars meticulous and eye opening July 8 2006
By Scott W. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Ken Bailey is the best New Testament scholar around today because he brings deep insight and experience from the Middle Eastern culture combined with attention to form criticism. The result is an eye opening and inspiring work on the Prodigal. You will not be disappointed in this book or any of his work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and a must reader for all April 3 2014
By robert ku - Published on Amazon.com
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Kenneth Bailey adds insight upon insight to a story familiar to Christians and non-Christians alike. Bailey explains the various nuances of this parable that are easy to understand, and reminds us that the prodigal son parable is not just about the younger son, or about the older son, but about how Christians are called to be like the Father, and at great cost to the Father (hence, "the Cross" in the title).
5.0 out of 5 stars like it Jan. 31 2014
By Juan G. Quiroga - Published on Amazon.com
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it is a good book, and i would recommend the reading of this book to a friend or classmate at school
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