By Lesslie Newbigin

ISBN-10: 0664222293

ISBN-13: 9780664222291

Presently prior to he died in February 1998, Lesslie Newbigin recorded a sequence of 8 15-minute talks, pitched at a favored point and entitled "A stroll in the course of the Bible". This quantity collects the 8 talks.

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To his contemporaries it must have seemed that this was just one more failed revolution, one more nail in the coffin of Jewish hopes for the kingdom of God. How has it happened that today, among all the world's faith communities, much the largest and still rapidly growing is that community which looks to the cross as the sign of victory? The one way in which it can be explained is the story told in the Bible itself, namely that on the third day the tomb in which Jesus had been laid was empty and that he was rallying his disciples and sending them out as his witnesses into all the world.

Page_29 < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 promise but ends in tragedy. Saul, tempted to insane jealousy of his ablest military leader, finally ends in the tragic suicide on Mount Gilboa and the defeat of Israel's armies. There follows a period of confusion until David emerges as the leader of the whole nation of twelve tribes. And subsequent generations will look back on David's reign as an ideal time when true kingship was exercised in the maintenance of justice and the protection of the poor.

Jesus rejects that. html[21/04/11 12:58:20 PM] next page > page_52 < previous page page_52 next page > Page 52 spectacular, something which cannot be explained except as a miraculous act of God and the people will follow you. Jesus rejects that. And there is the political route: mobilize the political forces of the world in order to gain control over the world. Jesus could have taken that route, but he rejected it and in rejecting it we can say that he chose the way of the cross. And so he comes back from the desert, back to his native Galilee and makes this great ringing announcement: 'The time has come.

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