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Gary M. Burge is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. Among his many published books are Theology Questions Everyone Asks (with coeditor David Lauber), Jesus and the Land, Jesus the Middle Eastern Storyteller and Interpreting the. Gospel of John.

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Ab. So. Lute. Ly. Amazing.

Outside of their Ancient Near-Eastern context, the meanings of the parables become a jumbled mess. Only by placing them within that cultural context do they suddenly spark to life the way they did originally, when Jesus first told them to his audiences.
 
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AKBWrites | 1 other review | Jul 19, 2022 |
I'm enjoying this book very much. It delivers exactly what is promised: historical & cultural information that clarifies the details & background of Scripture, but in a summarizing fashion. If you're looking for verse-by-verse commentary, this is not the book. Still, it provides great information, especially of cultural things of which Westerners have no idea.

As others have noted, there are a surprising number of typos, but not enough to bother even a grammar nerd, such as myself. Also, with the Kindle version, be aware that the sidebars & other extra info given are intermingled in with the main content. That was confusing at first, but when I noticed the different spacing and how they're slightly set apart from the regular text, I understood what was going on.… (more)
 
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lmsmith7677 | 1 other review | Jul 5, 2022 |
what a great book, I love this series , the side cultural notes are awesome and the story kept me engaded, sometimes holding my breath
 
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Teddy37 | 2 other reviews | Jun 9, 2021 |
The author, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, has taken the gospel story [Matthew and Luke] of the healing of the centurion's "grievously tormented" servant, given backstories to the unnamed centurion and his servant, here a young scribe, names, and made them come alive for us. The author has also given the centurion, Appius, a household. The author plausibly explains how and why Appius and his familia might have come to Capernaum and why he has had a synagogue built. Appius is the new garrison commander. Then follows the climax to the gospel story and its miracle of healing.

The cover misled me; from the picture on it I assumed it would be about Holy Week. Perhaps one with the centurion and Jesus would have been more suitable. This was a sweet story, simply told, nothing nasty in it. I assume it was written for older teens' Sunday School, anyone wanting an introduction to this story, or even seminary students. The sidebars giving glimpses into Roman and Jewish culture of that time, along with the illustrations, were valuable.

Highly recommended.
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