Request an Exam Copy

Gary Burge on Kenneth Bailey's "Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes"

Categories New Testament Guest Posts

Gary Burge's article in Books and Culture is well worth reading. For the full article go here.

Following is an excerpt:

Most scholars recognize that a cultural gap exists between what we read in the gospels and what actually happened in Galilee some 2,000 years ago. Modern exegesis labors to extract meaning from these gospels using well-established methods of interpretation. Every student has to master the Greek text along with the nuances of its syntax and grammar, word choices, and idioms. The problem with this method is that, just as a gap exists between that Greek text and our modern English translations, so too a gap existed long ago between the original stories of Jesus told by Aramaic-speaking Jews and their final write-up in Greek by the evangelists, who understood Middle Eastern culture (though they were writing in Greek).

- "The View from the Mastaba", Books and Culture, Gary Burge

The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Chapter 7
The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Chapter 7 The subject of penal substitution has been a hot topic for a number of years, both in print and in the blogosphere. A ...
Your form could not be submitted. Please check errors and resubmit.

Thank you!
Sign up complete.

Subscribe to the Blog Get expert commentary on biblical languages, fresh explorations in theology, hand-picked book excerpts, author videos, and info on limited-time sales.
By submitting your email address, you understand that you will receive email communications from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (501 Nelson Place, Nashville, TN 37214 USA) providing information about products and services of HCCP and its affiliates. You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time. If you have any questions, please review our Privacy Policy or email us at This form is protected by reCAPTCHA.