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Publisher Comments:

Praise for The Words of Jesus

"I daily give thanks to God for Phyllis Tickle, whose words have long been an icon through which I have seen glimpses of divine life. I can think of no one I would rather have guide me into the words of Jesus."

—Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School, author, Girl Meets God

"I'm wary of any attempt to abstract the words of Jesus from their context in the distinctive particulars of the four gospels. But Phyllis Tickle's The Words of Jesus is worth the price of admission, and more: she's given us one of the richest engagements with Scripture I've encountered in a long while."

—John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture, Christianity Today

"If I have ever read a book that invites the reader to come to really know Jesus rather than simply to read about Him, this is it. The Reflections section alone is worth the admission fee. It teaches, it muses, it reflects, it models the very grappling with the words which we must all do if we ever intend to make Jesus real in our own lives. Whatever the cost, this book is priceless."

—Joan Chittister, OSB, author and lecturer, founder, Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality

"Abstracting the words of Jesus from their context in the Gospels is a perilous enterprise. Phyllis Tickle has faced that danger, and in her illuminating and at times perplexing introductory essay, she reveals with stunning openness the ways in which her latest encounter with Jesus has changed her. The Words of Jesus has something to enrage, engage, and change everyone. Listen afresh to the words of Jesus and then write your own naked essay about your encounter."

—David Neff, editor in chief and vice president, Christianity Today Media Group

Review:

"Award-winning author and speaker Tickle (Rediscovering the Sacred; The Divine Hours), who is PW's former contributing editor in religion, chooses to take the 'red letter' Bible one step further in this excellent study tool. The first section of this slim volume is a reflective essay on what Tickle learned from extracting the words of Jesus out of their narrative context in the Gospels. She writes of Jesus gradually becoming 'the heard' rather than 'the seen,' stripped of the sentimental images she had grown up with. She argues that the sayings, taken on their own merit, offer a third way between biblical literalists and literary critics: 'Jesus was an actualist, not a literalist or a metaphorist... [the words] don't mean; they are.' As such, they must be absorbed with both heart and mind together. Tickle divides the sayings into five categories: public teaching, private instruction, healing dialogue, intimate conversation and postresurrection encounters. Each saying stands alone but has been given a brief descriptive title. Tickle used an amalgam of biblical translations and chronologies to produce a version that is accessible and vibrant. These sayings of Jesus will be a valuable tool to Christians looking for new ways to study and assimilate his core teachings and character." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

What if you could encounter the words of Jesus on their own, lifted up from the surrounding narratives and presented in their full power and mystery? That’s the question Phyllis Tickle—one of America’s most beloved writers on Christian spirituality—asked when she set out to write what she calls a “Sayings gospel.” In The Words of Jesus Tickle has compiled and arranged all the sayings of Jesus from the first four books of the New Testament and the first chapter of the Book of Acts in a way that creates an entirely new kind of encounter with the texts. And she has accompanied those sayings with her own personal reflections and commentaries not just on the words themselves but on the One who spoke them.

Synopsis:

Praise for The Words of Jesus

"I daily give thanks to God for Phyllis Tickle, whose words have long been an icon through which I have seen glimpses of divine life. I can think of no one I would rather have guide me into the words of Jesus."

—Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School, author, Girl Meets God

"I'm wary of any attempt to abstract the words of Jesus from their context in the distinctive particulars of the four gospels. But Phyllis Tickle's The Words of Jesus is worth the price of admission, and more: she's given us one of the richest engagements with Scripture I've encountered in a long while."

—John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture, Christianity Today

"If I have ever read a book that invites the reader to come to really know Jesus rather than simply to read about Him, this is it. The Reflections section alone is worth the admission fee. It teaches, it muses, it reflects, it models the very grappling with the words which we must all do if we ever intend to make Jesus real in our own lives. Whatever the cost, this book is priceless."

—Joan Chittister, OSB, author and lecturer, founder, Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality

"Abstracting the words of Jesus from their context in the Gospels is a perilous enterprise. Phyllis Tickle has faced that danger, and in her illuminating and at times perplexing introductory essay, she reveals with stunning openness the ways in which her latest encounter with Jesus has changed her. The Words of Jesus has something to enrage, engage, and change everyone. Listen afresh to the words of Jesus and then write your own naked essay about your encounter."

—David Neff, editor in chief and vice president, Christianity Today Media Group

About the Author

Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, is one of the most highly respected authorities and popular speakers on religion in America today. She is the author of more than two dozen books including the Divine Hours series of prayer manuals. A lector and lay eucharistic minister in the Episcopal Church, Tickle is a senior fellow of the Cathedral College of Washington National Cathedral. For more information go to www.phyllistickle.com and www.allthewordsofjesus.com.

Table of Contents

Reflections on the Words of Jesus.

A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord.

BOOK I The Words of Public Teaching.

BOOK II The Words of Private Instruction.

BOOK III The Words of Healing Dialogue.

BOOK IV The Words of Intimate Conversation.

BOOK V The Words of Post-Resurrection Encounters.

Index to Canonical Sources.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787987428
Subtitle:
A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord with Reflections by Phyllis Tickle
Author:
Tickle, Phyllis
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Christian Theology - Christology
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Words
Subject:
Christian Life - Devotional
Subject:
Biblical Studies - Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
Subject:
Jesus Christ--Words
Subject:
Christian Spirituality, Christian Living
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2008
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
212 x 146 x 17.9 mm 12 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Award-winning author and speaker Tickle (Rediscovering the Sacred; The Divine Hours), who is PW's former contributing editor in religion, chooses to take the 'red letter' Bible one step further in this excellent study tool. The first section of this slim volume is a reflective essay on what Tickle learned from extracting the words of Jesus out of their narrative context in the Gospels. She writes of Jesus gradually becoming 'the heard' rather than 'the seen,' stripped of the sentimental images she had grown up with. She argues that the sayings, taken on their own merit, offer a third way between biblical literalists and literary critics: 'Jesus was an actualist, not a literalist or a metaphorist... [the words] don't mean; they are.' As such, they must be absorbed with both heart and mind together. Tickle divides the sayings into five categories: public teaching, private instruction, healing dialogue, intimate conversation and postresurrection encounters. Each saying stands alone but has been given a brief descriptive title. Tickle used an amalgam of biblical translations and chronologies to produce a version that is accessible and vibrant. These sayings of Jesus will be a valuable tool to Christians looking for new ways to study and assimilate his core teachings and character." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , What if you could encounter the words of Jesus on their own, lifted up from the surrounding narratives and presented in their full power and mystery? That’s the question Phyllis Tickle—one of America’s most beloved writers on Christian spirituality—asked when she set out to write what she calls a “Sayings gospel.” In The Words of Jesus Tickle has compiled and arranged all the sayings of Jesus from the first four books of the New Testament and the first chapter of the Book of Acts in a way that creates an entirely new kind of encounter with the texts. And she has accompanied those sayings with her own personal reflections and commentaries not just on the words themselves but on the One who spoke them.
"Synopsis" by , Praise for The Words of Jesus

"I daily give thanks to God for Phyllis Tickle, whose words have long been an icon through which I have seen glimpses of divine life. I can think of no one I would rather have guide me into the words of Jesus."

—Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School, author, Girl Meets God

"I'm wary of any attempt to abstract the words of Jesus from their context in the distinctive particulars of the four gospels. But Phyllis Tickle's The Words of Jesus is worth the price of admission, and more: she's given us one of the richest engagements with Scripture I've encountered in a long while."

—John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture, Christianity Today

"If I have ever read a book that invites the reader to come to really know Jesus rather than simply to read about Him, this is it. The Reflections section alone is worth the admission fee. It teaches, it muses, it reflects, it models the very grappling with the words which we must all do if we ever intend to make Jesus real in our own lives. Whatever the cost, this book is priceless."

—Joan Chittister, OSB, author and lecturer, founder, Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality

"Abstracting the words of Jesus from their context in the Gospels is a perilous enterprise. Phyllis Tickle has faced that danger, and in her illuminating and at times perplexing introductory essay, she reveals with stunning openness the ways in which her latest encounter with Jesus has changed her. The Words of Jesus has something to enrage, engage, and change everyone. Listen afresh to the words of Jesus and then write your own naked essay about your encounter."

—David Neff, editor in chief and vice president, Christianity Today Media Group

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