"Did Jesus just misunderstand when he prayed that the kingdom was close at hand?"
"Why would God make the price of redemption the sacrifice of his own Son?"
"If Adam and Eve are not historical people does that mean that original sin does not exist?"
"Why didn't God keep his promise to David, that his line and his kingdom would be secure forever?"
A single mistake lies behind each of these questions: an image had been understood as a fact.
Through the examination of central biblical images, namely, "covenant," "messiah," "kingdom," "original sin," and "redemption," 'Plain Words About Biblical Images' explores the role that images play in our thinking as we seek to understand spiritual realities. In the course of this study we discover that we must be willing to reinterpret our images if we want to grow into adult faith.
'Plain Words About Biblical Images' is one of the most readable books you will ever discover. Its insightfulness will help you to grow in your understanding of scripture and your ability to deal with contemporary faith issues.
Margaret N. Ralph
Margaret Nutting Ralph received her doctorate in English literature, with a concentration on the Bible as literature, from the University of Kentucky. She has taught scripture to high school students, college students, and adult education groups for eighteen years. Dr. Ralph is author of both the book and video entitled, 'And God Said What?', the children's book, 'Willie of Church Street', 'Discovering the First Century Church', and 'Discovering the Gospels' (Discovering the Living Word Series), Paulist Press.