The issue of Zionism, or those who feel Israel deserves to be back in their land due to some biblical, covenantal, or eschatological reason, really need to examine the issue further; and this book is a great place to start. Both are about 110 pages long, easy to read and bursting with glorious photos and simple maps. In each case, Burge delves deeply into the cultural context to give us insights that we usually miss when we read the Bible from our own context. This new book by New Testament scholar Gary Burge launches a multivolume series that explores how the culture of the biblical world is presupposed in story after story of the Bible. I was a bit confused by how the author often stated that Westerners assume or teach certain things about a certain parable, yet I've never assumed that or heard such taught about it. But then he reflects on New Testament texts--notably those by Luke, John, and Paul--to see that Jesus and the early church distanced themselves from any territorial dimension of faith. I warmly commend this thorough and scholarly but nevertheless clearly and simply written presentation.
Diaspora Judaism And The Land 3. His position is grounded in Scripture and, in my opinion, convincing. I have so many highlighted remarks throughout, it would be hard to narrow it down to give a brief synopsis, but I just encourage you to check this book out if you have any interest in the modern crisis in Israel over who has the rights to the land. In Jesus' day his stories carried radical meaning that we don't easily pick up on I read this book in a group. Rainfall averages are generally ample; if anything, we may experience flooding.
The book is filled with beautiful pictures and several examples of Jesus' use of hyperbole to teach an important point. Overall, I'd recommend this to those who want a better understanding of the context of the Bible and Jesus' teachings--both readers who don't have time to read longer books and those who can't get enough of this type of information. He described what they would have meant to the Jews at the time to help readers better understand what Jesus and the Bible writers were conveying to their audience. I read this book in a group. Gary Burge is well known as an anti-Israel evangelical who often aligns himself with Palestinian theologians who cry out at the alleged injustices of Israel towards the Palestinians and at the same time ignore the mistreatment of Palestinian Christians at the hands of Muslim Hamas. Absolutely essential reading for any Christian who wants to hold a biblically defensible position on the topic. The Lord is the one who initiated the covenant relationship between Israel and Himself, and He chose them because of His love and not because of their merit or performance.
Jesus And The Land 4. Jesus is the focal point of our faith and therefore the focus of our studies. The Holy Spirit in the Johannine Tradition. The book is filled with beautiful pictures and several examples of Jesus' use of hyperbole to teach an important point. A fascinating read with great photos and art work.
Or were they confident that a sacred place was still to be held for believers? Are we witnessing the rise of a heresy? Burge's academic background and easy-reading style of writing drove that point home again and again. Having been born amongst those who think Jerusalem lies at the center of the universe, it was a complete one-eighty for me to realize that God is bigger than a box on top of a mountain—even a box made of gold and housed in a pretty little temple. If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, the way to a dispensationalist's heart is through the Land of Israel. From now on, Christians who wish to engage responsibly with this highly charged and controversial issue will need to interact fully with Burge's careful, constructive, and challenging presentation. His exposition of the biblical material offers a gracious corrective to some inadequate and misinformed ideas about the role of Israel in the plan of God and about the Palestinian-Jewish situation and has important consequences for Christian belief and behavior. And if you control it, you have power. Although it's qui Synopsis: In this short book, Burge guides the reader to interpret Jesus as a storyteller - a teacher who uses allegory and hyperbole to make important points within his own social context.
This expert guide is an invaluable resource for study groups, teachers, leaders, and inquiring Christians who want to dig deeper and enrich their spiritual life. This is a lot of work packed into a quick 130-page read and easily could have been 500. First, B I pushed myself hard to finish a book that tears at the foundation of who I am and what I believe as a messianic Jew. This book reintroduces sanity, common sense, and exegetical acumen into a discussion that often sadly lacks these traits. The setting of Jesus and Paul in the Roman Empire was likewise shaped by cultural forces quite different from our own.
Really enjoyed this easy read. My group at least ;- The big takeaway for our group was that the parables of Jesus were radical to his original listeners. Jesus is the focal point of our faith and therefore the After reading and enjoying Gary Burge's The Bible and the Land, I was eager to read Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller. But in addition, I have also retained my passion for the Middle East. This accessible volume describes first-century Jewish and Christian beliefs about the land of Israel and offers a full survey of New Testament passages that directly address the question of land and faith. He is the new spatiality, the new locale where God may be met.
Of course, later in the book, Burge dispels the promises regarding the holy land and replaces it with heaven. From now on, Christians who wish to engage responsibly with this highly charged and controversial issue will need to interact fully with Burge's careful, constructive, and challenging presentation. What agricultural or religious festivals did he attend? A: No, we do not need to imitate the biblical world in order to live a more biblical life. The Land is but a small, though vital, part of that world. Here he explores primary motifs from the biblical landscape—geography, water, rock, bread, etc. Burge's main argument is that the New Testament corrects the misuse of Old Testament texts by Christian Zionists. We must be culturally aware of our own place in time-and we must work to comprehend the cultural context of the Scriptures that we wish to understand.
The book contained lovely color photographs that illustrated what the text was referring to. Burge does a great job explaining the background and the customs associated with these stories to give us a greater understanding of Jesus' message. He then discussed the Biblical motifs of the wilderness, shepherds, rocks, water, bread, and names. This accessible volume describes first-century Jewish and Christian beliefs about the land of Israel and offers a full survey of New Testament passages that directly address the question of land and faith. This short book of 108 pages is filled with wonderful pictures of the ancient Near East, Burge expounds six examples of Jesus' story-telling skill. It started off by describing the land of Israel and discussed why the author thought God brought them there instead of another land.