Monday, November 23, 2015

Jesus is the Question

Book: Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered
Author: Martin R Copenhaver
Edition: eBook on Nook
Read: November 23, 2015
131 pages
Genre:  Christian, Religion
Rated: 2 1/2  out of 5

The idea behind this book is that Jesus asks more questions than he answers, so we should take a look at what those questions are and get a better understanding of Jesus and what he taught as well as how he taught. Along the way, you get to understand the power of forcing people to answer questions and getting them to think.

Does Copenhaver accomplish what he sets out to do? Yes in that at the Introduction he shows us how Jesus taught. But then afterwards he falls into the role of a Bible teacher rather than letting the questions of Jesus talk for Him. That is until the last chapter where he lets the questions roll and you get the flood of the effect of His questions.Each chapter between break down the questions into categories which Copenhaver then talks about what Jesus is trying to get across. So to me, it would have been a more effective book to be asking questions about Jesus questions than trying to answer them for us.


Book References:
  • John Dear: The Questions of Jesus: Challenging Ourselves to Discover Life's Great Answers
  • Carol Anderson with Peter: Knowing Jesus in Your Life
  •  James Alison: Knowing Jesus
  • Debbie Blue: Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible
  • Samuel Wells: Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection
  • James Martin: Jesus: A Pilgrimage
  • Cynthia Bourgeault: The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
  • Thomas Merton: Opening the Bible
  • NT Wright: Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did and Why He Matters
  • Rowan Williams: The Dwelling of the Light: Praying with Icons of Christ
  • Ernesto Cardenal: The Gospel in Solentiname
  •  Luke Timothy Johnson: Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel

Good Quotes:
  • First Line: I have been hanging out with Jesus for a long time.
  • Last Line: Do you love me?
Table of Contents:
  • Foreword by Lauren F. Winner / xi
  • Introduction: So Many Questions / xvii
  • Chapter 1: Questions About Longing / 1
    • “What are you looking for?”
    • “Who are you looking for?”
  • Chapter 2: A Question About Compassion / 13
    • “Do you see this woman?”
  • Chapter 3: A Question About Identity / 25
    • “What is your name?”
  • Chapter 4: Questions About Faith and Doubt / 35
    • “Where is your faith?”
    • “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
    • “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
  • Chapter 5: Questions About Worry / 45
    • “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”
    • “Why do you worry about clothing?”
    • “If God so clothes the grass of the field, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”
  • Chapter 6: Questions About the Reach of Love / 55
    • “Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?”
    • “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?”
    • “If you do good only to those who do good to you what credit is that to you?”
  • Chapter 7: Questions About Healing / 65
    • “Do you want to get well?”
    • “What do you want me to do for you?
    • “How long has this been going on?”
  • Chapter 8: A Question About Abundance / 75
    • “How much bread do you have?”
  • Chapter 9: The Questions Jesus Answers / 87
  • Chapter 10: Questions About Who Jesus Is / 99
    • “Who do people say that I am?”
    • “Who do you say that I am?”
  • Chapter 11: A Question from the Cross / 109
    • “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  • Chapter 12: Questions from the Risen Christ / 119
    • “What are you talking about as you walk along?”
    • “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”
    • “Do you have anything to eat?”
    • “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? Do you love me? Do you love me?”
    • “Who are you looking for?”
  • Chapter 13: All Those Questions / 129
  • Notes / 143
  • Readers Guide / 145
  • For Further Reading / 161


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