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Speaking Conflict: Stories of a Controversial Jesus
Buttrick, David

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007 pp. xviii + 222. $24.95

Description: Conflict stories appear throughout the Synoptic Gospels, and although they are familiar and dramatic, the stories are particularly challenging for pastors to interpret and teach. In this book, Buttrick delves into each conflict story, analyzing the particular controversy at hand and highlighting problems that these passages pose for preachers-including anti-Jewish attitudes in the text. As he moves through each story, he helps readers correct long-standing biases, shows how many of these controversies are still with us, and provides sample sermons to demonstrate how these stories might be preached more effectively.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature

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Review by John J. Pilch
Published 2/23/2008
Citation: John J. Pilch, review of David Buttrick, Speaking Conflict: Stories of a Controversial Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

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