Jesus and His Enemies

Narrative Conflict in the Four Gospels

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
Robert R. Beck
  • Maryknoll, NY: 
    Orbis Books
    , December
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In narrative analysis, the message expressed in each of the four gospels is conveyed not just through Jesus’ teachings or particu­lar stories but through the overall narrative itself—particularly through the introduction and resolution of conflict. Through dramatic narrative the evangelists show Christians how they are to act in situations of conflict without abandoning the demands of love.

As Robert Beck reflects, “This is the real test of the command to love one another, which finds its most exacting demand when we are in firm opposition.” The Gospels have much to say about this, though the answers are found in a place we seldom look: in the qualities of dramatic narrative itself. Jesus and His Enemiesoffers a fresh contribution to biblical teaching on violence, ethics, and the Christian pursuit of peace.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Robert R. Beck is a Catholic priest and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

Add New Comment

Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.

Log in to post comments