The Greatest Prayer | Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer (Crossan)

The Greatest Prayer | Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer (Crossan)

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Every Sunday, the Lord’s Prayer echoes in churches around the world.

It is an indisputable principle of Christian faith. It is the way Jesus taught his followers to pray and distills the most essential beliefs required of every one of the world’s 2.5 billion Christians. In The Greatest Prayer, our foremost Jesus scholar explores this foundational prayer line by line for the richest and fullest understanding of a prayer every Christian knows by heart.

An expert on the historical Jesus, Crossan provides just the right amount of history, scholarship, and detail for us to rediscover why this seemingly simple prayer sparked a revolution. Addressing issues of God’s will for us and our response, our responsibilities to one another and to the earth, the theology of our daily bread, the moral responsibilities that come with money, our nation-states, and God’s kingdom, Crossan reveals the enduring meaning and universal significance of the only prayer Jesus ever taught.

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Praise for The Greatest Prayer

“Controversial biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan finds in Jesus’ words an evocation for ‘distributive justice,’ making sure all are cared for.”
—Los Angeles Times

“...A must-read, a guidebook for how and why the only prayer Jesus ever taught endures.” —The Daily Beast

“Even if one disagrees with the author’s conclusions, it will be difficult to dislike his book, as one of Crossan’s gifts is his ability to challenge his readers in a gentle, respectful, and nonconfrontational manner.” —Booklist

“John Dominic Crossan is arguably the world’s foremost scholar of the historical Jesus. In The Greatest Prayer, Crossan argues that Christianity’s best-known invocation is misunderstood and undervalued in today’s society.” —Religion News Service

“A full and loving exposition... of Christianity’s best-known and most-recited prayer. Crossan’s pastoral intent is more straightforward here than in some of his other works; scholars will appreciate the richness of his readings, while nonscholarly readers will be grateful for the directness and clarity of his approach.” —Library Journal (starred review)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Dominic Crossan
has written twenty-seven books on the historical Jesus, the apostle Paul, and earliest Christianity, and his work has been translated into thirteen foreign languages, including Polish, Hungarian, Russian, as well as Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Five of those books have been national religious bestsellers, including: The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant (1991) through The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus (1998), to In Search of Paul: How Jesus’s Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom, co-authored with the archaeologist Jonathan L. Reed (2004). Along with Marcus Borg, he has co-authored a series of books: The Last Week: A Day by Day Account of Jesus's Final Week in Jerusalem (2006); The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about the Birth of Jesus (2007); and The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon (2009). His most recent book is How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation (2015).

Publisher: HarperOne
Pub date: 08/23/2011
Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8 in (h) x 0.468 in (d)
Pages: 208

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