"Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him." A father runs to welcome his prodigal son with open arms. What are the similarities between these two stories? Noting that Israel takes its name from Jacob, Bailey unpacks parallels freighted with theological significance, offering a fresh take on Jesus' view of Israel's destiny.
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Review 1 for Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story
Date:June 14, 2010
Dr. Kenneth Bailey in my opinion is one of, if not, the premier Christian writer who analyzes culture through the eyes of a Middle Easter during the 1st Century. Bailey has written several books concerning the examination of this culture and parables mostly in Luke. He has the unique ability to open ones eyes to examining this scripture in an enlightened manner. Dr. Bailey brings the scripture to life and fully supports Gods Word. I highly encourage anyone to read Dr. Baileys books. His approach to analyzing scripture structure, rhetoric, can be somewhat academic and make you think you are in a college English class, but once you get through this part, the rest of the book is extremely enjoyable reading at any education level. In this book, he compares the epic story of Jacob to the Jesus parable in Luke 15. I promise you that you will never look at the story of the Prodigal Son in the same way.
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Review 2 for Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story
Date:March 18, 2008
Absolutely fascinating and brilliant. Bailey is one of a kind and not to be missed.