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The Parable Discovery by Jeffrey L. Curry

Have you ever wondered what first century discipleship looked like? It certainly was a process. But the question remains, 'what exactly was it that Jesus taught His twelve dedicated learners?'

The Parable Discovery will begin to take you through the actual first century curriculum, as left behind by the Apostle Matthew, for a discipleship to Jesus Christ. This simple book uses the ancient teaching method known as mashal/nimshal and an understanding of the ancient Hebrew literary patterns found in the Old Testament to bring Matthew's original discipleship lessons to the forefront. Rest assured, Matthew was no biography. But as you begin to understand The Parable Discovery, you also will learn how the First Gospel was originally meant to be used... simply, as a discipleship manual.

 

Taken from The Parable Discovery:

Many currently take the book of Matthew at face value. And from there they, as Christians, extrapolate lessons from the text usually in singular fashion, one lesson from one paragraph. But because Matthew intended each particular passage be interpreted in light of a parable, we can move from simply trying to interpret the text as it stands on its own, to having Matthew lead us to his desired place of vision. Matthew himself, by choosing to organize his material with this literary pattern (parallelism), has wisely provided for us a hermeneutic - a safeguard to be used in the interpretation of his gospel. The literary pattern, when understood, is like a commentary written by the Apostle himself. This process - comparing the parable with its intended vignette - illuminates the intended lesson from each and every paragraph of the book. The literary pattern Matthew employed, which was parallel and not linear, can be used like a road map to reveal the intended lessons for the disciple. And this is light years beyond our current methods, for it gets us as close to Jesus? own teachings as we can possibly be, without the Lord Himself, in the flesh as our instructor. In understanding why Matthew included a particular passage at a particular place we have the key to unlocking the text as never before.



 

The Mysteries of the Kingdom by Jeffrey L. Curry

The Mysteries of the Kingdom examines, in greater depth, the ancient literary patterns found in the Gospel of Matthew. It is the literary patterns - the very same ones found in the Old Testament - that will lead the reader and student to the wisdom found in the Book of Matthew; to the actual curriculum of first-century discipleship. The mysteries of the kingdom were reserved for disciples. Are you one?

Taken from The Mysteries of the Kingdom:

The literary devices Matthew chose to use have virtually no place in Western literary architecture. And this is the problem we face when we attempt to understand the ancient Hebrew book of Matthew by using Western literary methods. Viewed through our modern literary eyes, we see a biography, which is not, as we shall see, the highest purpose Matthew intended. Matthew used the ancient Hebrew literary conventions known as chiasmus, parallelism, the seven-fold pattern, and the dirge pattern to organize his Gospel. These literary conventions are as foreign to the modern-day reader as Chinese is to a Texan. Yet, within these ancient conventions lie the keys to understanding Matthew as never before.



 

Parallels and Prophecy by Jeffrey L. Curry

Parallels and Prophecy is a small book, but one that is packed with many powerful insights that most have never grasped. Many interesting parallels and prophecies are examined in this very compelling and informative work. From the original, first century understanding of the Keys of the Kingdom, to the real identity of the Pharisees, to the most important paragraph in the entire Gospel of Matthew, P and P takes you where you've never been before.  If following Christ is your desire, this book will help you know how to do just that.  This book is a must read for all believers.

Taken from Parallels and Prophecy:

Here (4:1-11) we find a very appropriate picture of the nature and dealings of the evil one. In what is usually termed the ?Three Temptations,? we find Satan?s attempts to get Jesus to sin, in one way or another. But what I really want you to see is a parallel most have probably overlooked. When we examine these temptations as a group, we find the first two are in the same basic format. The other is a different sort of temptation. In the first two, Satan began with ?If you are the Son of God?? in a goading attempt to play on the pride of Jesus. It is very important that you see that the first two temptations are basically the same. ?If you are the Son of God?(then do this to prove it!)? would be my paraphrase. But the third temptation is different. In fact, it is very different. For Satan offered nothing in return for the first two temptations. But in the third temptation, Satan made Jesus an offer of kingdom; even complete rulership over the Earth. IF Jesus would fall down and worship him, THEN Satan would give Him the kingdoms of the world. Satan was indeed making an offer to Jesus. Then, later in the book of Matthew, after this precedent (the wilderness temptations) was set, we find a triad of interesting occurrences. Matthew wanted to see if his reader was paying attention. They are, in order: ...





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