Our new studies are including looking at familiar parables of Christ from the perspective of the Middle Eastern customs and understandings. We have been studying Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes. by Kenneth Bailey. He spent 40 years (1955–1995) teaching in Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel and Cyprus.He has a degree in Arabic and literature, systematic theology and wrote his dissertation in the field of New Testament. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Since 1962 he taught for the Near East School of Theology in Beirut (since 1974 as professor for New Testament studies), where he founded the Institute for Middle Eastern New Testament Studies. From 1985 to 1995, he taught at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research in Jerusalem. He taught at Princeton University and was associate professor of theology in Dubuque, McCormick and Pittsburgh as well as the Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles.
Next, we plan to focus on the Bible study fro the book The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Crossan.