Whoever divorces his wife…
It was said of old… but I say to you…
I desire mercy and not sacrifice.
Blasphemy against the Spirit
Throw not the children’s bread to the dogs.
I was not sent except to the House of Israel.
I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
He who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
Say nothing to anyone.
The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence…
My Father is greater than I.
My God, why have you forsaken me?
Taught by God grapples with the difficult sayings of Christ. The author uses all the resources of the patristic tradition and modern biblical scholarship to put these sayings in a clearer light. If we are able to delve into the deeper meaning of these hard sayings, then we will truly be taught by God.
About the Author: Rev. Dr. Daniel Fanous is dean and lecturer in Theology & Biblical Studies at St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of The Person of the Christ and A Silent Patriarch (SVS Press).
It is heartening to see the treasures of Orthodoxy come together with modern biblical
scholarship…. The encounter is fascinating and, for both Church and academy, full of promise.
Fascinating and informative. . . . This book illuminates the background of Jesus’ controversies
with the Jewish religious leaders and makes Jesus’ difficult sayings come alive for the modern
reader. The author has done his homework and provides exciting insights into Jesus’ ministry.
Taught by God is well researched and speaks clearly and informatively to many of the
most difficult aspects of the biblical witness…. Students, clergy, and lay people could all
greatly benefit from a close reading of the book’s arguments and the evidence provided
to support them. Daniel Fanous… has provided a highly useful tool for people who read
Scripture in depth and find themselves troubled or perplexed by these passages.