If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus's vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.
'Jesus the Wisdom of God' brings together insights from wisdom literature and contemporary creation thought in a work that brilliantly illuminates an integrated ecological theology. Adding new depth to the ethical demands of our global ecological situation, Denis Edwards argues that commitment to ecological praxis springs from the very center of Christian identity in Jesus, Trinity, and humanity. Beginning with the wisdom tradition of the Hebrew scriptures, 'Jesus the Wisdom of God' explores what it means to recover the notion that Sophia-Wisdom became incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth, and shows how the universe is altered by this Incarnation. Wisdom Christology then opens out into a view of the trinitarian God at work in ongoing creation. Edwards considers the implications of the trinitarian theology of Richard of St. Victor and St. Bonaventure, centering on the insight that every creature - including humankind - is the free self-expression of the trinitarian God. In this context humanity is revealed as integrally related to all of creation, a part of a single cosmic story. While at one with creation in evolutionary history, humanity is, at the same time, creation come to self-awareness. This train of insights leads to principles for an ecological praxis that affirms human value while insisting that humanity is a part of nature. The whole reinforces commitment to sustainability and a Franciscan attitude of reverence toward God's creation. 'Jesus the Wisdom of God', in a disciplined yet clear way, crafts an alternative to the anthropocentrism and alienation of much of Christian tradition by finding in the very roots of Christian mysticism - and Christian identity - a truly ecological theology for our time. It is profound reading for students, theologians, and all Christians concerned with ecology, and with the interface of science and theology.
Of all the great spiritual teachers, none has had a greater influence on the world than Jesus Christ. This lavishly-illustrated pocket book brings together some of the most profound and memorable sayings of Jesus, as recorded in the four Gospels.
A business consultant applies the teachings of Jesus Christ to business leadership, showing executives how to use Christ's focus on morality and humanity to reconstruct the way they approach their customers
Second book in the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series leads readers on a 10-week study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon, highlighting how the Wisdom Literature points to Christ.
This book is addressed to serious Biblical students, Christians who are interested in comparing Eastern spiritual teachings with those of Christianity, and students of spiritual Yoga, otherwise known as Classical Yoga and Tantra, as well as students and practitioners of meditation and other spiritual disciplines. The discoveries of ancient manuscripts, and their analysis by independent critical scholars using scientific methods, provide much insight into the original teachings of Jesus. The sayings of Jesus, circulated orally during the first decades following his crucifixion are probably the most authentic source of his teachings that we have available today. These sayings are limited to a few dozen parables, aphorisms and sharp retorts, which were repeated in the oral tradition for two or three decades before they were eventually recorded by the anonymous writers of the Gospels. Remarkably, what Jesus taught through his parables and sayings exactly parallels the yogic teachings of the Yoga Siddhas. For those seeking to apply the wisdom of these sayings in their own life, the implications are clear. Seek not to know about God; instead, seek to know God through higher states of consciousness.
This is a modern English revision of the wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach. Unfortunately, the wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach is not as well known as the wisdom of Solomon. His wisdom is in a way a legacy of Solomon. Jesus the son of Sirach was a Jew that lived approximately 180 years before Jesus Christ. His name is translated into the Greek the same as Jesus Christ, but he is not to be confused with him. It is clear from his proverbs that he was raised in the Jewish faith of the time and studied the religious books of the Old Testament in great detail. From this knowledge and also from his own experiences and travels during the times of his era he wrote down this wisdom. In this revision, James Mahoney has removed certain verses that were outdated in a cultural or scientific sense, and in addition to this he added some of his own words to expound the meaning of certain verses. The verse numbers will differ from the original and other versions of Sirach due to these changes.
In the history of interpretation the letter of James has been marginalized and compared unfavorably with the writings of Paul. James argues for an important canonical role for James, not subordinate to Paul, but a complementary scriptural voice. Richard Baukham explores the historical and literary context of the text, discussing the significance of James as the brother of Jesus and leader of the early Jerusalem church. Major themes of James--wholeness, poverty, speech, ethics and prayer--are explored in relation to the current contexts of the contemporary reader of James. --From publisher's description.
"What is true wisdom? While contemporary culture locates it in self-absorption, the first-century apostles revealed how wisdom, a central Old Testament theme, is located in Jesus Christ and in no other. Daniel Ebert explains how Old Testament wisdom motifs are not only fully appropriated in New Testament christology but also far surpassed in God's Son. The Explorations in Biblical Theology series addresses the need for quality literature that attracts believing readers to good theology and builds them up in their faith. Each title in the series combines solid content with accessibility and readability - a valuable addition to the library of any college student, thoughtful lay reader, seminarian, or pastor" -- Publisher description.
Bold, faithful, challenging – this volume uncovers the social and political implications of the gospel message by looking at Anabaptist theology and practice from a female perspective. The contributors approach the gospel from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, liberating the radical political ethic of Jesus Christ from patriarchal distortions and demonstrating that gender justice and peace theology are inseparable. Beautifully illustrated with pen drawings, Liberating the Politics of Jesus recognizes the authority of women to interpret and reconstruct the peace church tradition on issues such as subordination, suffering, atonement, the nature of church, leadership, and discipleship. The contributors confront difficult topics head-on, such as the power structures in South Africa, armed conflict in Colombia, and the sexual violence of John Howard Yoder. The result is a renewed Anabaptist peace theology with the potential to transform the work of theology and ministry in all Christian traditions.
The inner meaning of the parables of Jesus and their transformational wisdom for daily life are made accessible and applicable for every reader. This book features an indepth examination of twenty parables and the teachings embedded in the stories and images, revealing their universal value for anyone seeking spiritual development. In decoding these core teachings, instructions and practical methodologies are uncovered for consciously living in the Presence of Holy beyond dogma and tradition.
In the last days of the twentieth century, leading New Testament scholar and popular preacher Daniel Harrington, S.J., asked himself two powerful questions: What might the church of the first century have to say to the church of the twenty-first century? And How might a brief sythesis of what the New Testament says and does not say about the church help bring greater vitality within and unity among the churches? The result of Father Harrington's research and thinking is this timely and important book.
Jesus was more than just a supernatural figure, says William Phipps. He had much in common with teachers and shared many of the interests of rabbis, ethicists, philosophers, and satirists. Phipps provides evidence of this in his thought-provoking book and then gives a boarder perspective of Jesus, showing that he differed from the traditional ancient wisdom with his rejection of the ideas of female inferiority, nationalistic prejudices, and intolerance of the unlearned. Readers are presented with a view of Rabbi Jesus as the consummate master teacher with a keen sense of humor, whose central theme was love.
Here is a collection of short quotes attributed to Jesus of Nazareth followed by direct passages from the Bible of some important events in his life. Sermon on the Mount, parable of the mustard seed, resurrection of Lazarus, from the last supper, on the cross, resurrection of Jesus, and his ascension. This is a small portion of the material written on Jesus in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Anyway, my goal here is to provide an introduction to the wisdom of Jesus. This book is 8000 words and it could easily be 80,000 to comprehensively cover his words of wisdom. After all, his words are the basis for one of the world's great religions, Christianity.
Just as the sun blinds our eyes to a sky filled with stars, Jesus’ deity can blind us to the unseen riches of His humanity. In The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, Steven K. Scott reveals the hidden treasures to be found in Christ’s life as a human. When you learn from Jesus’ life on earth, your own life will be propelled to a whole new level of achievement, happiness, and success. As you look at Jesus’ life, you will learn how to: •Find new meanings that will raise your life to new heights. •Develop missions that will produce greater creativity and productivity. •Communicate messages that will move the minds and hearts of your listeners. •Act in a manner that attracts others, increases your value, and heightens your self-esteem. •Adopt a method that accelerates extraordinary success. •Discover your incredible worth. •Give and receive a type of love that is truer than any you have experienced before. Let the greatest Man who ever lived turn your purpose-driven life into a purpose-accomplished life! From the Hardcover edition.
The path of wisdom from Solomon to Jesus and from Jesus to the churchIn the early Jesus movement, wisdom in the person of Jesus was believed to have returned to heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, and to reign from there. But Jesus as wisdom had left both his legacy and his influence behind. The sayings of Jesus recorded in the Gospels reflect not only the influence of the Israelite wisdom traditions, but also the tradition of the personification of wisdom.In this provocative volume newly available in paperback, Ben Witherington provides both an introduction to Israel's wisdom traditions and insight into how Jesus and his sayings fit in that tradition. Beyond this, he demonstrates the on-going significance and influence of these traditions on other New Testament writings. He concludes that Jesus may be viewed primarily as a prophetic sage emphasizing instruction, insight, and humor in a vein counter to the dominant culture.
Judging Q and saving Jesus is characterised by careful textual analysis, showing a piercing critical eye in its impressive engagement with the secondary literature and sharp, insightful critique. This book takes the stance that the hypothetical document Q can be reconstructed with sufficient precision and that this enables biblical scholars to study with confidence its genre and its thematic and ideological profile. The genre issue is central to the book’s overall structure, and the alternative proposals are discussed at length and with sophistication. The author’s inference is that Q’s macrogenre is sapiential with occasional insertions of apocalyptic microstructures and motifs. This finding embodies progress in Historical Jesus studies. An opposing trend has been to label Jesus an apocalypticist, so that the great ‘either-or’ of contemporary Jesus scholarship has been ‘either eschatological or not’, an alternative that dates back to Albert Schweitzer. The author finds that generally, and even when used apocalyptically, the term Son of Man tends to support arguments best understood as sapiential in outlook. This is consistent with the sapiential genre of the document as a whole. This finding is supported by the close and careful exegesis of Q 6:37−38 (on not judging). He reconstructs the original wording of this saying ‘on not judging’ and explores the idea of ‘weighing’ in judgment (psychostasia), determining in the end that the saying is entirely sapiential.
Based on the teachings of Jesus and Buddha, this book teaches readers how to create an rich interior life by focusing your attention on your connection with the divine within. The Lotus and the Lily offers a 30-day program for accessing your true creativity, breakthrough thinking, and divine guidance. The Lotus and the Lily reveals: The cosmic power of the intention mandala to reveal the life you want Discover the power of naming your past and your future How to experience the generative power of your own voice Each day includes prompts for reading, reflection, writing, exploring, and nourishing one's soul writing. The Lotus and the Lilyshows readers how to access the divine wisdom and guidance that dwells just below conscious awareness, through this 30-day soul writing process. "The principles that Janet Conner guides the reader to discover become the essential elements of a dynamic spiritual practice. These principles transcend denomination and dogma. They are practical, universal and impacting." --Mary Anne Radmacher, artist and author Live with Intention and Lean Forward into Your Life "Jesus said we could create heaven on earth. The Buddha said we could create the conditions for manifestation. Janet Conner tells us how. Her 30-day program is spiritual yet imminently practical, deeply serious yet lots of fun. This is a step-by-step guide to expressing our own divinity." --Ellen Debenport, author of The Five Principles