Jesus, Debt, and the Lord's Prayer
First-Century Debt and Jesus' Intentions
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Douglas Oakman brings a most welcome scholarly and prophetic voice to this sustained analysis of Jesus's political goals. He invites us to suspend our social or religious notions and follow him through some complex literary and historical matters. We enter a fruitful, open conversation on the nature of Jesus's radical belief in divine forgiveness and the kingdom of God, and we begin to understand the development of his messiahship and divinity in entirely new ways."
--Gildas Hamel, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
"In Oakman's perceptive and rewarding political and socioeconomic analysis, written with sincere personal conviction, the 'preferential option for the poor' in modern theology receives a distinctive historical Jesus confirmation."
--Dennis C. Duling, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
"While the Lord's Prayer is foundational for Christian belief and identity, no other scholar has done more in recent decades than Douglas Oakman to explore its original meaning in the context of Jesus's life and ministry. With Oakman's incisive and wide-ranging understanding of the first-century Palestinian world, that meaning comes to life in this volume as the inspiring and hope-filled expression of someone deeply and compassionately invested in the plight of the poor. . . . Oakman brings the Lord's Prayer to life for our world."
--Philip F. Esler, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire UK