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Scapegoats: The Gospel through the Eyes of Victims

Scapegoats are innocent victims who have experienced blame and violence at the hands of society. René Girard proposes that the Gospels present Jesus as a scapegoat whose innocent death exposes how humans have always created scapegoats. This revelation should have cured societal scapegoating, yet those who claim to live by the Gospels have missed that message. They continue to scapegoat and remain blind to the suffering of scapegoats in modern life.

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John For Normal People

In this thoughtfully researched, playful commentary, Jennifer Garcia Bashaw illuminates the theological world of John’s Gospel and explores what we might learn about Jesus when we are attentive to the text. Recreating key passages as theatrical scenes, Bashaw dramatically illustrates John’s narrative brilliance, and draws on biblical scholarship to explore the stories behind the story.
Continuing The Bible for Normal People’s mission to make the best in biblical scholarship accessible to all people, this commentary unpacks issues of authorship, dating, redaction history, cultural and social contexts, historical background, and narrative criticism to uncover Jesus as the author of John’s Gospel understood him. If you want to learn more about this unique Gospel, and the Jesus it portrays, this book is for you.

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October 10, 2023

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