Compassion and Grace in the Parables of Jesus
by David A. Fiensy
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“Fiensy’s treatment of each of the twelve selected parables of Jesus is unparalleled in clarity and relevance.” — KEITH P. KEERAN, Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Communication, Kentucky Christian University
“With considerable scholarly knowledge of first-century society and culture, David Fiensy interfaces deft understanding of the parables with contemporary awareness and insight.” —WILLIAM R. BAKER, editor, Stone-Campbell Journal
Whoever Has Ears, Let Them Hear
Many longtime Christians know the parables of Jesus. They have heard them dozens of times, but have they really heard God’s message? And new Christians are often unsure what to make of these parables that seem to have been written for someone else. But from the first chapter to the last, Hear Today makes the most famous parables of Jesus come to life. With accessible, easy-to-read explanations, discussion questions, and historical details, this thirteen-week study offers readers enriching, new perspectives on the teachings of Jesus.
Fiensy applies and contemporizes the parables by retelling the stories in modern categories, paraphrasing Scripture with a new translation, and offering numerous practical illustrations. Drawing on his rich understanding of archaeology, Fiensy also includes a digging deeper section in each chapter to lead readers to a fuller understanding of context for these parables. Listen to more than the words of the parables. Prepare to hear God’s heart.