Why Jesus Was Probably Married with Children

Jesus at the Well

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well

Guest Willy Bekoe and I discuss the controversial book Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships with Women by Andrew Greeley. Strong meat ahead.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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Black Jesus and the Rastafari

Rastafari and the flag of Ethiopia

Flag of Ethiopia

In Jeremiah Jesus says “I am black”. Elsewhere in the KJV He’s called JAH. Discover the biblical roots of the Rastafarian religion in this episode of Jesus in Books.

The book reviewed is Dread Jesus by William David Spencer.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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Getting to the True Character of God

Mary and the Risen Christ

Mary and the Risen Christ

Words like “judge”, “sin” and “advocate” can either draw us closer to Christ and God the Father, or push us away. The beautifully-written book The Christ Who Heals by Fiona and Terryl Givens explains.

This book is written from an LDS perspective. To learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, visit Mormon.org.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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How Jesus Found out He Was the Messiah

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Photo by Doug Robbie

When did Jesus know He was the Messiah, and how did He find out? Jesus: An Interview Across Time by Andrew G. Hodges M.D. has that answer and other plausible speculations in this episode of Jesus in Books.

Discussed with guest Willy Bekoe.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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Just How Scandalous Was Jesus?

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Thiiis much

My friend Willy Bekoe and I discuss the ill repute Jesus garnered early on in His ministry. It even got John the Baptist worried! Oh, and we talk about leviathans.

The book we riff from is What Jesus Meant by Garry Wills.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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7 Reasons Why Jesus Would Be Unemployable in Today’s Job Market

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JOB SEARCH BY JULIE WALRAVEN

With the help of Philip Yancey’s book, I synthesize a list of reasons why Jesus – the most perfect being to ever walk the face of the earth – would be unemployable in today’s job market.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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Where Does Jesus Stand on the Issue of Animal Rights?

The Last Supper by André Derain

Where does Jesus stand on the issue of eating meat and animal rights? Does God love animals? Do they have souls? These questions are answered in this episode of Jesus in Books.

The book reviewed is Is God a Vegetarian?: Christianity, Vegetarianism, and Animal Rights by Richard Alan Young.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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Food for Thought Regarding Homeless People

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Want to be kind to homeless people? Then don’t feed them this. It’s food for thought from Scott Saul’s Jesus Outside the Lines. I riff on it in this episode of Jesus in Books.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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How Mormons Perceive Jesus in Scripture, Art and Hymn

Painting of Jesus with lamb

Rescue of the Lost Lamb by Minerva Teichert

John Turner’s book tells us how the Church of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a. Mormons) perceive Jesus in scripture, art and hymn.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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The Son of God Likes to Have Fun Too

Jacob’s Well by Angelika Kauffmann

“Jacob’s Well” by Angelika Kauffmann

According to Joseph Girzone’s masterwork, Jesus likes to party as much as any responsible person who needs to blow off some steam.

Intro / outro music is Wandering by Lee Rosevere.

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  • Differing from James Martin’s book, Girzone wrote that Jesus gave His first parable standing on a boat to be safe from the crowds
  • A transcript is available for this episode to subscribers of my e-newsletter (or you can request it via email)

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