The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer
By John Dominic Crossan, copyright 2010 – 190 pages – can be found in our Flanders Church Library under Pr/C
"The Lord’s Prayer is Christianity’s greatest prayer. It is also Christianity’s strangest prayer. It is prayed by all Christians but it never mentions Christ. It is prayed in all churches, but it never mentions church. It is prayed on all Sundays, but it never mentions Sunday. It is called the Lord’s Prayer, but it never mentions "Lord"." (page 1)
"The Lord’s Prayer is for me both a revolutionary manifesto and a hymn of hope. It is revolutionary, because it presumes and proclaims the radical vision of justice that is the core of Israeli biblical tradition. It is a hymn because it presumes and produces poetic techniques that are the core of Israel’s biblical poetry." (page 2)
"I started with the presupposition that I would find in the prayer what the historical Jesus stood for – or knelt for." (page 7)
To spend a couple of days rethinking what you knew or thought you knew, about this prayer and what it meant to the folks who gathered around this first century Galilean carpenter, pay a visit to our library.
Jean E. Lee