A Greening of Imaginations: Walking the Songlines of Holy Scripture

A Greening of Imaginations: Walking the Songlines of Holy Scripture

by Herbert O'Driscoll


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• New book from renowned Anglican storyteller and preacher
• Puts reader into the heart of the biblical world
• Chapters can be used for personal devotion or as discussion-starters for groups

How do the scriptures speak to us today? Where do our stories mirror biblical stories? Herbert O’Driscoll, beloved Anglican preacher, storyteller, author, and hymn writer, invites us to imagine what the “back story” of our favorite scriptures might have been.

By doing Christian midrash—telling the stories within the Story—Dr. O’Driscoll has filled in the gaps by creating new homilies and parables based on the text. Some are narratives, such as Jesus wondering about his cousin John as a twenty-something activist, and Mary’s thoughts as she knelt at the foot of the cross. Others ask you to imagine a bundle of letters from early Christians that “might have been written if we could only find them,” like Philemon’s response to Paul’s request on behalf of a runaway slave, or a letter from a student-aged Judas Iscariot written to his parents expressing his excitement about a rabbi whose teaching he finds fascinating.

Each of the twenty-eight short chapters offers a glimpse of the thoughts and emotions of indi-viduals found in the Christian Testament, bringing alive the sights, sounds, and smells of the Ho-ly Land.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640651449
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/17/2019
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 522,068
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Herbert O’Driscoll is recognized as one of the best known and most highly regarded preachers in the Anglican Church. A native of Ireland, Dr. O'Driscoll is a former urban Cathedral Dean in Vancouver, B.C., and former Warden of the College of Preachers, Washington National Cathe-dral. A hymn writer and celebrated author, he has written many popular books on the spiritual life and Bible interpretation, many of which reflect of his own Celtic spirituality. A brilliant scholar and mesmerizing Irish storyteller, he continues to write in active retirement from his home in Victoria, British Columbia where he and his wife, Paula, live.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part I Our Lord's Childhood

1 Annunciation 2

2 The Guardian 5

3 The Star 8

4 Flight for Survival 13

5 Staying Behind 19

6 The Road Not Travelled 23

Part II Our Lord's Ministry

7 The River 28

8 The Time of Demons 33

9 Forming the Circle 36

10 The Squall 38

11 Suppliant and Healer 42

12 The One Who Came Back 46

Part III Our Lord's Passion

13 The Choice 52

14 Standing By 55

15 Stranger on the Road 59

16 Fire on the Lakeshore 63

Part IV Letters Lost and Newly Found

17 The Expectant Mother 68

18 The Customs Officer 72

19 The Revenue Agent 76

20 The Loving Son 81

21 Hidden Loyalties 85

22 The Greek Tutor 90

23 The Convert 94

24 The Expatriate 98

25 The Slave Owner 102

26 The C.E.O. in Philippi 106

26 The Physician 110

Epilogue: The People on the Hill 115

Acknowledgments 119

Scripture Index 121

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