Peter S. Hawkins teaches at Yale Divinity School. His books include Dante's Testaments: Essays in Scriptural Imagination (Stanford University Press).
The Gospels show Jesus as prophet, teacher, and miracle worker. But most intriguingly, they depict him as a storyteller--one who could not only draw a crowd but keep it riveted.
I have no idea what it would mean to be a shepherd, let alone someone who would abandon 99 sheep to go looking for a single stray.
Amos 8:4–7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1–7; Luke 16:1–13
What is Jesus thinking when he tells the parable of the dishonest steward?
Exodus 32:7–14; 1 Timothy 1:12–17; Luke 15:1–10
James calls Abraham a “friend of God.” In this week’s reading from Exodus, Moses presumes upon a similar divine friendship to offer God advice.
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