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Jesus the Riddler: The Power of Ambiguity in the Gospels [Paperback]

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Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  066422640X  
EAN  9780664226404  


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As most readers of the New Testament know, the words of Jesus are often spoken in riddles-in parables and other sayings that were and continue to be difficult to understand. Tom Thatcher explains in his latest book that Jesus may have been intentionally ambiguous, using riddles to establish his authority as a teacher and to encourage his followers to think more deeply about the nature of truth. Jesus' riddles, like riddles across many cultures, potentially refer to many different things, and they challenge those who hear them to decode the meaning the riddler intends. Figuring out the riddles in which Jesus spoke requires a depth of faith and close attention to the words of the gospel. With text boxes and helps to the reader, this book guides readers through discerning these puzzling and important words.

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As most readers of the New Testament know, the words of Jesus are often spoken in riddles--in parables and other sayings that were and continue to be difficult to understand. In "Jesus the Riddler," Tom Thatcher explains that Jesus may have been intentionally ambiguous, using riddles to establish his authority as a teacher and to encourage his followers to think more deeply about the nature of truth. Jesus' riddles, like riddles across many cultures, potentially refer to many different things, and they challenge those who hear them to decode the meaning the riddler intends. Figuring out the riddles in which Jesus spoke requires a depth of faith and close attention to the words of the gospel. With text boxes and other helpful features, this book guides readers through discerning these puzzling and important words.

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Tom Thatcher is Professor of Biblical Studies at Cincinnati Christian University.

Tom Thatcher was born in 1967 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Cincinnati Christian University.

Tom Thatcher has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Resources for Biblical Study
  2. Semeia Studies-Society of Biblical Literature


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Thank you, Prof. Thatcher  Dec 17, 2009
This book helped me to read the Scriptures in a new way, for which I would give it 5 stars. The book is scholarly, and Thatcher has included some paragraphs which academicians will understand as explanations for why he has included this and not that, etc. etc. These paragraphs and occasional forays into technical language, including citations in Greek, will make the book a challenge for some people (so I docked it one star). On the whole, though, it can be read by educated laymen.

Brief synopsis:
Jesus was a teacher in an oral tradition which used the asking and answering of questions (riddling) as a respected rhetorical device. This device was set apart from other parts of a teaching discourse through signaling statements ("He who has ears to hear, let him hear...") Once Thatcher explained this insight, the rest of the book was exciting -- To quote Thatcher's own summary: "The Kingdom of God is a community of knowledge, that group of people who could understand Jesus' riddles and apply his way of thinking to their own lives." Jesus used riddling and ambiguous statements ("Give to Ceaser what is Ceasars and to God what is God's.") to engage his listener's minds and make them actively struggle with how to apply Jesus' teachings.

Thatcher helped reveal Jesus as a living, breathing person -- and an exciting teacher.

That is just so cool! Thank you, Professor Thatcher.
 

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