Finding the Lost: Cultural Keys to Luke 15

Kenneth E. Bailey

This book explores the intended meaning, as well as the implications and applications, of the three parables in Luke 15 (The Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep, The Good Woman and the Lost Coin, and The Good Father and His Two Lost Sons). It reflects the author’s immersion in the language, religion, and culture of the Middle East, demonstrating how meaningful the Biblical text becomes when a broad background of study and analysis is permitted to illuminate the text. Western readers will gain an array of new insights from this volume and will be fascinated by the Kenneth Bailey’s nuances of interpretation. His analysis shows how the cultural background of the Middle East affects the interpretation of these parables.

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