Short Stories by Jesus

Bible and Book Study

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

I want to encourage you each to join Deacons Kruger and Gibson and myself for a

Bible and Book Study Via Zoom beginning
Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (6 weeks).

The insights gained when we “read, mark and inwardly digest scripture” together is a source of reassurance and transformation-a way of seeing with new vision and hearing with renewed understanding or perhaps hearing and seeing for first time some hidden good news not previously discovered. 

There are actually two books- a main text and a Participant Guide: Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi and participant guide by Amy-Jill Levine.  I believe both books are beneficial for study but if you need to choose, the “Participant Guide” is the helpful commentary and support needed.  The books can be ordered online.  Some copies are available at Faith and Life Bookstore located at 606 N. Main Street, Newton Ks. (316) 283-2210. 

If you plan to attend, email me your name and email address to  This information will be used to send you the weekly invitation to join our Zoom meeting.

Many Blessings!

Les +

Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi and participant guide by Amy-Jill Levine

The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers. Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures, and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us–and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

Six Sessions:

Monday, September 14, 2020   –   Holy Cross Day; Session 1: Lost Sheep, Lost Coin. Lost Son; Luke 15: 4-32

Monday, September 21, 2020 – St. Matthew Apostle & Evangelist; Session 2:         The Good Samaritan; Luke 10: 25-37

Monday, September 28, 2020 – Session 3: The Pearl of Great Price;  Matthew 13: 45-46

Monday, October 5, 2020 – Session 4: The Mustard Seed; Mark 4: 30-32, Matthew 13: 31-32, Luke 13: 18-19

Monday, October 12, 2020 – Session 5: The Laborers in the Vineyard; Matthew 20:1-16

Monday, October 19, 2020 – Session 6: The Widow and the Judge; Luke 18:1-8