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Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships with Women [Hardcover]

By Andrew M. Greeley (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2007
Publisher   Forge Books
ISBN  0765317761  
EAN  9780765317766  

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"We must begin our story of Jesus by granting him permission to surprise us endlessly...." ---from the Introduction

Jesus of Galilee taught through stories, which even today contain the power to startle us out of our prejudices and preconceptions. Now Father Andrew M. Greeley, one of America's most beloved storytellers, examines the parables told by Jesus in search of a fuller understanding of the man and his message.
This engaging and informal collection of homilies reveals a Jesus whose simple parables carry profound lessons about the Kingdom of Heaven. Along the way, Father Greeley touches on such provocative topics as the significance of Jesus's Jewish roots, his deep and revolutionary relationship with women, The Da Vinci Code, and The Passion of the Christ. He also singles out the four greatest parables, which best illustrate the infinite love and mercy of the God whose kingdom began with Jesus and continues even today.
As a storyteller, Jesus often surprised his listeners with unexpected twists that challenged them to see the world in a whole new light. Father Greeley's insightful tour of the Gospels provides a fresh look at the parables that strips away centuries of false and mistaken interpretations to get at the essential truth of who Jesus really was and what he believed.

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Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including "The Archbishop in Andalusia," the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including "Irish Tweed," and "The Cardinal Virtues." He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.

Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the "Chicago Sun-Times" and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to "The New York Times," the "National Catholic Reporter," "America "and "Commonweal," and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, "Confessions of a Parish Priest" and "Furthermore!"

In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, "The Church in Society," at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.
Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

Andrew M. Greeley lived in Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Andrew M. Greeley was born in 1928 and died in 2013.

Andrew M. Greeley has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Nuala Anne McGrail Novels (Paperback)

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Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships With Women  Mar 6, 2008
Perfect! A wonderfully written book for reflection and affirmation for all women of any faith. It doesn't matter that most established churches are slow to recognize the importance of women and their roles in the church - What does matter is that Jesus loves us and appreciates our gifts and talents and has raised us high. He is the Saviour of us all.
Lite and lively  Feb 20, 2008
Andrew Greeley is always fun, always provocative, and always accessible. Some might say he is not terribly deep, and that's fine too. This book, which he calls a meditation, highlights the many stories of Jesus interacting with women in the gospels. Greeley makes a pretty good case that Jesus was comfortable with women and surprisingly polite to them. He healed them, taught them and allowed them into his entourage. He acted toward to them as equals. Even the Samaritan woman at the well -- a social inferior, a foreigner and a heretic to boot -- is treated with kindness and is invited into the kingdom. Greeley only fails once to make his case -- in the story of the Syro-Phoenician women from whose daughter Jesus expels a demon. Jesus does make an analogy in which she is referred to as a dog, but he respects her saucy answer and finally comes through. Unsurprisingly, the women present at Jesus's Resurrection come in for special attention. They were the first disciples to whom Jesus revealed himself after rising, which Greeley sees as no accident.

Another section moves away from Greeley's major focus on the women to examine four parables in which Jesus tells us about God -- the Prodigal Son, the Lenient Judge (Greeley's name for the story of the woman taken in adultery), the Good Samaritan and the Workers at the Vineyard. This section is stronger in that Greeley's tones down his penchant for smirky asides. He shows how God is a crazy, intemperate lover -- generous to the point that if he were a human, he would be considered insane. This vision of the God preached by Jesus is certainly at odds with the Jesus who judges harshly and speaks of torment in the afterlife for unrepentant sinners. Some may not agree with Greeley's solution, which is to focus on the loving, forgiving God while ignoring the condemnatory one. But it is a logical choice, given Jesus's mission to heal, forgive and gather.

Andrew Greeley's "Jesus" is not a deep analysis of Jesus's parables, but it is a good-hearted one that, for all its wildness, is quite orthodox. His Greeley-esque insistence that Jesus's full humanity involved sexual attractiveness and even sexual imaginings is a bit discomfiting but not uncalled for in a man who was like us in all ways except for sin. Some readers may still have questions about the inconsistencies about God's character found in the gospels. Is he a lover or a judge? But Greeley does make the case fairly well that the crazy-loving God he finds Jesus preaching through his association with women and teaching through his parables is the one in which he believes.
Jesus of Galilee.  Sep 30, 2007
How I wish that the leaders of our Catholic Church were more like the real Jesus.He saw women as equals, men and woman created in His Father's image.Andrew Greeley's book tells how Jesus respected woman and of the wonderful relationships he had with them.
Excellent & uplifting  Sep 27, 2007
Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships With Women is a marvelous book.
The meditations are loving and uplifting, they show how much Jesus loves us and respects us and teaches other to do like wise.
I shared this book with my niece, who is 20 years younger than I am and she is presently enjoying it.
I recomend it to women, so that they can feel the love that is pure and I recomend it to men as a teaching tool showin them how women should be loved and treated.
God is like a . . .   Sep 11, 2007
According to his web site, Father Andrew Greeley (born 1928) is "one of the most influential Catholic thinkers and writers of our time, a priest, sociologist, author and journalist who has built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career that spans five decades. He is the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction and his writing has been translated into 12 languages. A Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, Father Greeley is a respected scholar whose current research focuses on the Sociology of Religion." This little book of meditations is not an academic or scholarly tome, but the sort of work he could write over a long and quiet weekend, and its awkward subtitle points to its lack of focus. But it's still worth reading.

The God whom Jesus revealed, writes Greeley, is a God of wonderful surprises and endless generosity. After illustrating this from the Christmas narratives and then from the story of the encounter on the road to Emmaus, in by far the longest chapter (pp. 57-106) Greeley explores the "profoundly shocking" nature of Jesus's relationship with women. He not only took their financial support but accepted them as traveling companions. He elevated them to an equality with men, just as he would elevate Gentiles to an equality with Jews. Although people could feel profoundly vulnerable in the presence of Jesus, women also felt unconditionally safe. These relationships with women, says Greeley, were not "passing incidents peripheral to the main story but central to Jesus' vision of the kingdom of God" (p. 104). In his final chapters Greeley examines the four "Great Parables" of reassurance that speak of God's outrageous and even profligate generosity: the stories of the Crazy Vintner, the Indulgent Father, the Lenient Judge, and the Good Samaritan. The parables of urgency remind us that grace is not cheap, life does not last forever, that our choices matter, and that the kingdom that Jesus announced calls us now and asks for everything. Along the way Greeley debunks the "absurd fantasies" of books like the DaVinci Code, and warns us of the many ways that we domesticate the Biblical stories into trite religious sentiment.

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