The best-selling author of Misquoting Jesus, one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today, examines oral tradition and its role in shaping the stories about Jesus we encounter in the New Testament - and ultimately in our understanding of Christianity. Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally - including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels. In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Erhman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament - how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus´ message but helped shape it. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology and anthropology, to examine the role of memory in the creation of the Gospels. Explaining how oral tradition evolves based on the latest scientific research, he demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling impacts the story, the storyteller, and the listener - crucial insights that challenge our typical historical understanding of the silent period between when Jesus lived and died and when his stories began to be written down. As he did in his previous books on religious scholarship, debates on New Testament authorship, and the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman combines his deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship in a compelling and eye-opening narrative that will change the way we read and think about these sacred texts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005017/bk_harp_005017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Testimonies abound in the Christian faith, but there is perhaps none more powerful than A Woman´s Silent Testimony. In his new book, Dr. Daniel Tomlinson draws parallels from pregnancy and birth to spiritual truths in the Word of God. Conception is an allegory to new birth, fetal life represents our life on earth, and birth is analogous to our physical death and our ultimate new life in heaven with God.Just as Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected, we die, are buried, and resurrected, both in the physical and metaphorical senses. Even more compelling are the comparisons Dr. Tomlinson makes about pregnancy and familiar characters found in the Bible. Jonah died to his self, he was buried in the great fish, and he was resurrected to bring light to the Gentiles. Paul underwent many ´´labor pains´´, facing persecution from the Jews he spoke the gospel to, before seeing the birth of a new child—the church.While a birth is a joyous occasion, a mother will sometimes experience postpartum depression. This experience is mirrored in our lives as Christians. There are mountains and valleys, and when we are in the valleys, it´s faith in God that will bring us back to the mountaintop. It´s these and other parallels that give new meaning to pregnancy and A Woman´s Silent Testimony.Dr. Tomlinson is the author of Birth Pangs: How Pregnancy Reveals God´s Plan for the Ages. He has practiced obstetrics and gynecology since 1988 and has witnessed over 5,000 births. He can be seen on his local CBS news affiliate as a medical expert. He lives with his wife, Julie, in Medford, Oregon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shawna Windom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tate/000625/bk_tate_000625_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. The Imperfect Disciple is for the rest of us - people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it´s safe to say what they´re really thinking. For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn´t afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows listeners how the gospel works in them and in their lives when: They can´t get their act together They think God is giving them the silent treatment They think church would be better without all the people They´re not happy with the person in the mirror And much more Wilson frees listeners from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Roy Grimsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/002124/bk_hove_002124_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. But light is yet present in darkness, and silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth. Shusaku Endo´s novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of 20th-century Japanese literature. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in 17th-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility. Endo´s Silence took visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain, and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo´s as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived amid trauma and glimpses of how the Gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ova Saopeng. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001636/bk_oasi_001636_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Women have always been central to the faith. In the Bible, women have played vital and often surprising roles. To understand these remarkable women, we are honored to bring you one of our most highly regarded scholars and teachers, Professor Barbara Reid, OP, PhD. Professor Reid begins this series by exploring the creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2, examining how God created male and female equally in the divine image. Turning to the New Testament, you will look first at Mary, the mother of Jesus. Explore Mary, especially through the Gospels of Luke and John. Professor Reid explores Jesus´ friendship with Mary and Martha. Meet the women disciples named in the Gospels: Mary Magdalene and the other women who accompanied Jesus on mission, who ministered with him in Galilee, and who followed him to Jerusalem, where they witnessed his death and burial. These women were the first to discover the empty tomb and to see the risen Christ. In the Pauline communities, women held leadership positions in ministry. Examine some strongly egalitarian texts in Paul´s letters, such as Galatians 3:28: ´´No more Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female.´´ Other texts, such as ´´women keep silent in church´´ (1 Cor 14:34-36), seem contrary to what Paul says elsewhere. Sr. Reid will help you try to sort out some of the complexity in Paul´s thinking on women. Finally, you will focus not on a text that has female characters but on a text that often is misconstrued to reinforce the suffering and subordination of women. Jesus´ saying in Mark 8:34, ´´Whoever wants to be my disciple must take up their cross and come follow me´´, is often interpreted by women to mean that they should bear every kind of suffering, even that which comes from abuse or injustice, as their way of carrying the cross with Jesus. Explore the saying in its Gospel context along with another image from the Gospel of John, which could be more freeing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sr. Barbara E. Reid OP PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000217/bk_nykm_000217_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.