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Tell It Slant

A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers

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Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmanns Publishing
Publication Date:
9/1/2008
ISBN:
9780802829542
Pages:
297
Trim Size
6 x 9
Product Type:
Hardback

Just as God used words both to create the world and to give us commandments, we too use words for many different purposes. In fact, we use the same language to talk to each other and to talk to God. Can our everyday speech, then, be just as important as the words and prayers we hear from the pulpit? Eugene Peterson unequivocally says "Yes!"

Tell It Slant explores how Jesus used language - he was earthy, not abstract; metaphorical, not dogmatic. His was not a direct language of information or instruction but an indirect, oblique language requiring a participating imagination - slant language. In order to witness and teach accurately in Jesus' name, then, it is important for us to use language the way he did.

Language - given to us to glorify God, to receive the revelation of God, to witness to the truth of God, to offer praise to God - is constantly at risk. Too often the living word is desiccated into propositional cadavers, then sorted into exegetical specimens in bottles of formaldehyde. We end up with godtalk. . . . My concern is that we use God's gift of language in consonance with the God who speaks. Jesus is the primary person with whom we have to do in this business. Jesus most of all. Jesus, the Word made flesh. . . . I want to nurture anawareness of the sanctity of words, the holy gift of language whether it is directed vertically or horizontally. Just as Jesus did.- from the introduction

Eugene H. Peterson is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of many best-selling books.


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