Matt Mikalatos. The First Time We Saw Him: Awakening to the Wonder of Jesus. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2014. 192 pp. $10.35 on Amazon
As a student at a liberal arts university, I took a class on biblical interpretation. When we came to Jesus’ parables in the Gospels, we were asked to contextualize the parables. Our assignment was to retell the stories Jesus told using modern characters and situations without losing the meaning or “power” of the parables. The point, we were told, in this exercise was to help bring these all too familiar stories to life. We were asked to add color to the canvas. It’s not that we were to change the meaning. Our task was simply to retell the story for the purpose of greater understanding and appreciation. We failed, and were left with less clarity, and less wonder at Jesus.
Author Matt Mikalatos attempts this very…
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