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Jesus and the Religions: Retrieving a Neglected Example for a Multi-cultural World
Robinson, Bob

Eugene, Oreg.: Cascade Books, 2012 pp. x + 292. $34.40


Description: How should followers of Christ live in a multi-religious world? This book argues that the example of Jesus has something fresh and helpful to say to those who ponder the question. It takes something old—the example of Jesus—to say something new to our pluralist world. Most of the book examines the meetings of Jesus with Gentiles and Samaritans. These are found in some of the most poignant and dramatic encounters and teaching passages in the Gospels: a synagogue address with near-murderous consequences; the healing of a pagan centurion's servant; the setting free of the afflicted child of a Gentile mother; a moving encounter at a Samaritan well; the unlikely story of a compassionate Samaritan—and more. This is a scholarly but accessible discussion of what it might mean to "have the same attitude of mind that Christ Jesus had" in our contemporary multi-religious world.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion

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Review by Ann Marie Bahr
Published 3/15/2014
Citation: Ann Marie Bahr, review of Bob Robinson, Jesus and the Religions: Retrieving a Neglected Example for a Multi-cultural World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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