Jesus Behaving Badly (Paperback)

    Jesus Behaving Badly (Paperback)

    Mark L Strauss
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    Everybody likes Jesus. Don't they?

    We overlook that Jesus was

            Judgmental—preaching hellfire far more than the apostle Paul

            Uncompromising—telling people to hate their families

            Chauvinistic—excluding women from leadership

            Racist—insulting people from other ethnic groups

            Anti-environmental—cursing a fig tree and affirming animal sacrifice

            Angry—overturning tables and chasing moneychangers in the temple

    He demanded moral perfection, told people to cut off body parts, made prophecies that haven't come true, and defied religious and political authorities. While we tend to ignore this troubling behaviour, the people around Jesus didn't. Some believed him so dangerous that they found a way to have him killed.

    The Jesus everybody likes, says Mark Strauss, is not the Jesus found in the Gospels. He's a figure we've created in our own minds. Strauss believes that when we unpack the puzzling paradoxes of the man from Galilee, we find greater insight into His countercultural message and mission than we could ever have imagined.

    About the Author

    Mark Strauss (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego. He is the author or co-author of several books and numerous articles, including How to Read the Bible in Changing Times, Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels, How to Choose a Translation for All It's Worth (with Gordon D. Fee), The Essential Bible Companion (with John Walton) and commentaries on Mark's Gospel in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series and Expositors Bible Commentary, Vol. 9. He is New Testament editor of the Expanded Bible and the Teach the Text Commentary Series. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Committee for Bible Translation for the New International Version and as an associate editor for the NIV Study Bible.

    Strauss has a heart for ministry and preaches and teaches regularly at churches, conferences and college campuses. He is the weekly teacher at the Cove Bible Study at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Roxanne, and three kids.