Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Preaching the Hard Sayings of Jesus

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Preaching the Hard Sayings of Jesus

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Preaching the Hard Sayings of Jesus. By John T. Carroll and James R. Carroll. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1996, 174 pp., $14.95 paper.

Join together a father who has preached for over fifty years and a son well immersed in academic study and teaching NT at Union Theological Seminary (Richmond) and you get a rich collection of insights about Jesus.

In particular, this father and son team write to help readers come to grips with some of the most challenging parts of Jesus' message. In the first three chapters they explore topics concerning discipleship and the "offense of judgment." Some "hard sayings" they discuss are hard not because they are hard to understand but because they are hard to accept. Other hard sayings they investigate are difficult because of the linguistic and cultural barriers between modern readers and antiquity. Chapter 4 examines two parables-the "dishonest steward" (Luke 16:1-8) and 'a friend's help at midnight" (Luke 11:5-8)-that illustrate these problems. In chap. 5 they investigate hard texts where Jesus is all too human and how this relates to the doctrine of Jesus as God.

This book is not an attempt to discuss all of the difficult sayings of Jesus. Rather, the authors prefer a more in-depth look at fewer passages. …

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