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The Surprising Genius of Jesus

What the Gospels Reveal about the Greatest Teacher

Peter Williams



The Surprising Genius of Jesus

What the Gospels Reveal about the Greatest Teacher

Peter Williams


How the Story of the Prodigal Son Illuminates Jesus's Genius

When someone thinks of Jesus, "genius" is not likely the first word that comes to mind. But when studied in detail, Jesus's teachings and interactions with others combined high levels of knowledge and insight, verbal skill, and simplicity—showing his genius.

In The Surprising Genius of Jesus, Peter J. Williams examines the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 to show the genius, creativity, and wisdom of Jesus's teachings. He used simple but powerful stories to confront the Pharisees and scribes of the day, drawing on his knowledge of the Jewish Scriptures to teach his audience through complex layers and themes. Williams challenges those who question whether Jesus really was the source of the parables recorded in the Gospels, pointing readers to the truth of who Jesus is and why that matters for them today.

  • Clear and Insightful: Accessible for general readers with in-depth footnotes for those wanting to learn more
  • Biblical: Comprehensive, interscriptural analysis of the story of the prodigal son
  • Written by Peter J. Williams: Author of Can We Trust the Gospels? and principal of Tyndale House, Cambridge
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Doens't know who it's for

As you'd expect from this author, this book has good, insightful, well researched. Unfortunately the book is muddled as to whom it's for. Is it the Christian, the pastor or the non-Christian? Sections would suit each... but put together it leaves the book muddled as to who it's for.

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