Learning from the relationships of Jesus: Part 2

Chris Pain, December 2006

Broadly speaking, the gospels aim to demonstrate that Jesus was the Son of God and worthy of following – they do not seek to present a complete picture of his relationships. We only see glimpses of Jesus’ interactions with people, and what were likely to have been lengthy conversations are summed up in a few words.

Rembrandt: The raising of the daughter of Jairus

Rembrandt: The raising of the daughter of Jairus

We also tend to see Jesus in conversation with just a few people and can miss out on the complex nature of the web of relationships surrounding him. These are best understood visually and are set out in simplified form in the diagram on page 3. Even a quick examination of the diagram underlines the diverse and variable nature of Jesus’ relationships. How did he prioritise and navigate his way through this maze of potentially conflicting relational priorities?

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December, 2006

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  1. Ed Kronemeyer says:

    I am very interested in the diagram named in this article. It says it is on page 3. I am wondering if there is a way to get this diagram.

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