Synopses & Reviews
The fifty-six essays in this book present cultural reflections on the gospel reading assigned for each Sunday in Cycle C of the Roman Lectionary. Each essay highlights aspects of the first-century, Eastern Mediterranean cultural world in which Jesus lived and suggests across-cultural comparison with contemporary Western culture. With this background information, readers can make more fitting applications of the Scripture to modern life situations.
". . . an invaluable resource for preachers, and very interesting for anyone seeking deeper insight into the gospel.AIM
Homilists on the lookout for a fresher approach to interpreting the lectionary texts will enjoy this book.The Bible Today
His reflections are engaging and often provide startling new insights.Church
Pilch describes the culture of the people who populate, and whose lives are reflected in the Bible. Used as an aid in preaching, catechesis, Scripture study, or simply for the interest and knowledge it brings, this series adds form and substance to your understanding of "the Word that dwelt among us".
In engaging, clear, easy-to-read entries, Pilch describes the culture of the people who populate, and whose lives are reflected in, the Bible.
About the Author
John J. Pilch, PhD, is professor of theology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is author of numerous articles and books, including ,Visions and Healing in Acts of the Apostles: How the Early Believers Experienced God(Liturgical Press, 2004). He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the International Society for Shamanistic Research, among other professional organizations.