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Spiritual profiling of the 8 groups of people Jesus interacted with – 1st century by Tom Hovestol (essential read)

This is a very good and useful Bible study book and aid, that helps us understand how Jesus preached to different groups of people, and how it relates to our own efforts in proclaiming the Gospel to all peoples, by mirroring Jesus’s own ministry. As you listen to the author describe the groups, you will identify today’s own groups in most cases and will get insight as to why although He proclaimed the Gospel to all, still, Jesus did not spend a lot of time preaching to certain of these groups.

The book is written by TOM  HOVESTOL, who is the pastor of Calvary Church in Longmont, Colorado. A graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Wheaton College, he served for three years as a teacher in Swaziland, Africa, and later as a pastor in Texas. He and his wife, Carey, are the parents of five children and reside in Longmont, Colorado.

From the Book cover:

Jesus’ world was far more religiously pluralistic than most of us imagine. He grew up and headquartered His ministry in “Galilee of the Gentiles.” He regularly rubbed shoulders with polytheistic and superstitious Romans, with philosophical and sophisticated Greeks, with hard-partying pagans, and with God-fearing Africans.

The Bible tells us that Jesus, unlike His fellow countrymen, did not avoid the despised and syncretistic Samaritans. Nor did Jesus shun the Jews who were considered persona non grata in the local synagogues, like those who worked for the occupying government, or who rejected Hebrew ways in favor of Greek, or who lived hellion lifestyles. Moreover, Jesus interacted with individuals representing all of the major sects of Judaism – Sadducees, Pharisees, Zealots, and Essenes. And these included a huge variety of spiritual expression from the emotional to the contemplative, from the spontaneous to the staid, from Bible-thumpers to compassion-lovers, from those who push religion to the four corners of their lives while others passionately seek to push it to the four corners of the globe.

Is there some way to categorize, organize and understand the varieties of spiritual expression that Jesus encountered? Is it possible that the kinds of people Jesus dealt with in His day are similar to the ones we face today? Are there prototypical and stereotypical religious patterns to which people gravitate? And why do we do so? If we lived in Jesus’ day, what spiritual “camp” would be most like ours? How would Jesus approach us? What would he do with us? What would our Spiritual Profile be?

Tom Hovestol discusses his book on Conversant life (Unfortunately only these 2 videos are posted and available, the third one has not been posted)
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Other articles of interest:

  1. Some church history – Jesus and the 1st century historian Titus Flavius Josephus
  2. What’s News about Jesus – Ben Witherington, Darell Bock, Dan Wallace video discussion
  3. New Testament – Jesus, Canon, and Theology – Ben Witherington, Darell Bock, Dan Wallace video discussion

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