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The Cross and the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants
Bailey, Kenneth E.

Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2005 pp. 151. $15.00


Description: Where is the cross in the parable of the prodigal son?For centuries, Muslims have called attention to the father's forgiveness in this parable in order to question the need for a Mediator between humanity and God. In The Cross and the Prodigal, Kenneth E. Bailey--New Testament scholar and long-time missionary to the Middle East--undertakes to answer this question.Drawing on his extensive knowledge of both the New Testament and Middle Eastern culture, Bailey presents an interpretation of this parable from a Middle Eastern perspective and, in doing so, powerfully demonstrates its essentially Christian message. Here Bailey highlights the underlying tensions between law and love, servanthood and sonship, honor and forgiveness that grant this story such timeless spiritual and theological power.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Robert O'Toole
Published 3/20/2010
Citation: Robert O'Toole, review of Kenneth E. Bailey, The Cross and the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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