I just started reading this interesting account of the Words of Jesus. Phyllis Tickle spent a great deal of time trying to synchronize the words of Jesus in this one of a kind "paraphrase" type narrative.
This is a book that has really begun to ask some tough questions that I don't regularly think about. Mainly, Jesus' humanity as it mixed with divinity, reading the scripture through the lens of the surrounding environment, and it's forcing me to take another look at the relationships Jesus had to the people He was around when He said what He said.
Ms. Tickle has taken extraordinary care to prepare the reader of Jesus to make minute detail observations so we can hear the message as it was intended to be said. For, as you know, communication is hard enough when you're sitting down with someone over a cup of coffee. Surely a book that is over 2000 years old must be tough to nail down the exact meaning of Jesus' comments.
Interestingly enough, Tickle found that the majority of Jesus' message was about "end times." Huh. Who would have thought? But as she compared and compiled all the verses together, Jesus was concerned with the "end" more than He ws concerned with feeding the poor, helping the needy, or living a life worthy of following.
One thing is clear, Ms. Tickle is honest in her assessment. She's quite clear in her communication of what we know historically about the words of Jesus, and the things we assume. I love the authentic way she tries to get to the heart of Jesus' ministry, and I look forward to pushing through to the end.
This is a great book for you Jesus followers trying to understand the heart of God.