F. F. Bruce examines seventy of the hard sayings of Jesus to clear away the cultural and historical difficulties which keep us from grappling with. Like his original hearers many people today find Jesus’ sayings hard. Some sayings are hard because they are difficult to understand, others because the. The Hard Sayings of Jesus. Front Cover. F. F. Bruce. Hodder & Stoughton, – Jesus Christ – Teachings – Expositions – pages.
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Preview — Hard Sayings of Jesus by F. Hard Sayings of Jesus by F. Like his original hearers many people today find Jesus’ sayings hard. Some sayings are hard because they are difficult to understand, others because the demands they make on us are only too clear. Bruce examines seventy of the hard sayings of Jesus to clear away the cultural and historical difficulties which keep us from grappling with the real challenge of Jesus’ me Like his original hearers many people today find Jesus’ sayings hard.
Bruce examines seventy of the hard sayings of Jesus to clear away the cultural and historical difficulties which keep us from grappling with the real challenge of Jesus’ message. Evident in each chapter is Bruce’s keen evangelical scholarship and pastoral insight. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hard Sayings of Jesusplease sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about Hard Sayings of Jesus. Lists with This Book. Oct 13, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: As our society becomes more and more oriented toward the soundbite and internet chatter, we’re quickly losing the ability to read truly important, enduring books with any depth.
Bruce—with a gift for succinctly explaining historical context and rhetorical technique—gives us an invaluable and detailed map through what has, with relative suddenness, become difficult territory for the modern reader. I can’t imagine studying the gospels without this book. Aug 30, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: How many of us have ever read one of Jesus’ sayings in the Gospels and said, “I wonder sayingx that means? What did Jesus mean when He said, “unless you eat the flesh of the Hafd of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” Jn 6: Or why did Jeaus say that whoever says “You fool!
How are we to understand Jesus’ stateme How many of us have ever read one of Jesus’ sayings in the Gospels and said, “I wonder what that means? How are we to understand Jesus’ statements about divorce and remarriage? Or the cry of dereliction “My God!
My God, why have hzrd forsaken me? Bruce has helpfully worked through 70 of these hard sayings in the chronological order in which they are found in the Gospels. The chapters are usually pages, which makes it suitable as a tool for daily devotional reading.
On the whole, mesus people should be able to read this with ease, though Bruce does occasionally foray into the world of Biblical criticism. People not familiar with ideas such as Q or “pillar sayings” may need to do a bit of research to better understand his insights, but most of the chapters would not require this.
There is minimal work with Greek or Aramaic. The little he does use, he explains well. So, I would feel comfortable recommending this book to educated laity.
I enjoyed many of the syaings Bruce brought to the table. The scholar in me often wanted him to go further and deeper in his explanations, but he gave sufficient evidence for his statements in most cases. Feb 27, Lotte rated it really liked it. Excellent companion to a reading of the New Testament!
Sep 14, Justin rated it liked it Shelves: There are some interesting nuggets and some dry interpretations. It’s a nice book to have as a resource, but it’s not the most exciting read. In covering 70 passages, Bruce only gives a few pages to each, so he rarely pushes deep and he’s not often too surprising. It probably works better as a devotional or a read-with-breakfast sort of thing rather than a book to just sit down and read straight through.
Sep 19, Greg Dill rated it really liked it. Many of those f.g.bruce listened to Jesus during His earthly ministry and those who read His words in the Gospels today find many of His teachings hard to understand and difficult to live by.
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Jesus taught many things that ran against the grain of society and were counter to the culture of His day. His teachings truly were radical. He made no provisions in offending those who were in authority, and was often found praising those who were considered the trash heap of society.
All of His teachings make b Many of those who listened to Jesus during His earthly ministry and those who read His words in the Gospels today hhard many of His teachings hard to understand and difficult to live by. All of His teachings sagings both the hearer and reader think, not only about their own lives, but how they are to live amongst and interact with others.
Bruce explores many of these difficult teachings and exposits them in a way which allows the student of the Bible to better understand what Jesus taught on these more difficult subjects. Bruce was instrumental in helping me gain a better understanding to some of the more challenging passages found throughout the Gospels, particularly certain teachings of Christ. Jesus often used spiritual allegory, parables, and symbolic illustrations to help teach certain truths to His disciples.
However, Jesus also employed the use of literal teachings absent of any illustrations or allegory, proclaiming truths hagd all of us to live by that are pertinent to us today.
Hard Sayings of Jesus by F.F. Bruce
O does the student of the Bible distinguish between spiritual allegory and literal interpretation? I believe Bruce clearly differentiated the two throughout his book and clearly articulated what is to be taken as symbolic versus literal.
From a personal level, this book helped me understand some of the teachings of Christ that I myself struggled with. Was He speaking to the generation of the disciples, or was He speaking of a future generation? I believe Bruce cleared up this matter very clearly.
Why would Jesus who taught peace and non-violence contradict himself and do such a thing? Again, Bruce cleared up this matter very well in that the swords are not literal, but a figurative understanding of what the disciples will soon experience. As a part of my ministry serving amongst the Roma people of Albania, I will be conducting Bible studies to non-believers as a tool for evangelism.
Furthermore, I will be conducting Bible studies to new believers and will help disciple them into mature and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Imparting the truth behind some of these more difficult teachings of Christ to both the non-believers and believers alike will certainly help them truly understand who Jesus is.
Dec 05, Jacob Savage rated it liked it. Bruce’s writing is easy to follow and understand, which makes his book interesting.
He seeks to take many of the sayings of Jesus which are often difficult to understand, and he seeks to give meaning to them. Although his writing is simplistic and has a lack of depth, this book would be good for someone seeking to get a brief overview of one of Jesus’ teachings.
Nov 02, Joshua Lawson rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoy the scholars for all the historical and theological nuggets they afford which you won’t find in popular works. This book is no exception; however, what it encompasses in breadth it lacks in depth. Bruce reviews seventy “hard sayings” of Jesus from the gospels, and, as such, can only afford to give each passage one or two pages. Even still, a worthwhile read. Apr 08, Ian Rees rated it liked it Shelves: I confess I wasn’t always sure from some of the chapters whether Bruce wasn’t giving too much ground to liberal scholars in his interpretation of these sayings, but generally he tackles them head on and gives useful insight into the difficulties they present and how we might understand them.
Feb 10, Royce Ratterman rated it it was amazing.
Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Read for personal research – found this book’s contents helpful and inspiring – number rating relates to the book’s contribution to my needs. Bruce is always great. This book of his made a big difference and helped understand things that no other book was able toresolve. View all 3 comments. Feb 09, David rated it it was amazing. A short but very good book about the hard sayings of Jesus in the Gospels.
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