Hard Sayings of Jesus, By F. F. Bruce

Hard Sayings of Jesus

The Hard Sayings Series

by F. F. Bruce

Hard Sayings of Jesus
  • Length: 266 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: July 14, 1983
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 0927
  • ISBN: 9780877849278

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Like his original hearers many people today find Jesus' sayings hard. Some sayings are hard because they are difficult to understand, others because the demands they make on us are only too clear.

F. F. Bruce examines seventy of the hard sayings of Jesus to clear away the cultural and historical difficulties which keep us from grappling with the real challenge of Jesus' message. Evident in each chapter is Bruce's keen evangelical scholarship and pastoral insight.


1. Eating the Flesh and Drinking the Blood of the Son of Man
2. The Son of Man Forgiving Sins
3. Not the Righteous but Sinners
4. The Sabbath for Man
5. Not Dead but Sleeping
6. Saltless Salt
7. The Old Is Better
8. One Jot or One Tittle Shall in No Wise Pass
9. "You Fool!" Merits Hell Fire
10. Adultery in the Heart
11. Plucking Out the Right Eye
12. Divorce and Remarriage
13. Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven?s Sake
14. Do Not Swear at All
15. Turning the Other Cheek
16. Love Your Enemies
17. You Must Be Perfect
18. If You Do Not Forgive Your Brother
19. Lead Us Not into Temptation
20. Pearls before Swine
21. The Sin against the Holy Spirit
22. No Sign
23. Seeing and Not Perceiving
24. Go Nowhere among the Gentiles
25. You Will Not Have Gone through All the Towns of Israel
26. Let the Children First Be Fed
27. Who Is Greater Than John the Baptist?
28. Violence and the Kingdom of God
29. Hating One?s Parents
30. Casting Fire on Earth
31. How Am I Constrained Until It Is Accomplished!
32. Not Peace but a Sword
33. The Fall of Satan
34. The Father and the Son
35. You Are Peter
36. Get behind Me, Satan!
37. Taking Up the Cross
38. The Kingdom Coming with Power
39. For or Against
40. The Son of Man Has Nowhere to Lay His Head
41. Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
42. Looking Back
43. I Will Warn You Whom to Fear
44. The Elder Brother
45. Why Do You Call Me Good?
46. Sell What You Have
47. Give for Alms What Is Within
48. The Camel and the Eye of a Needle
49. Serving God and Mammon
50. Using Unrighteous Mammon to Make Friends
51. The Great Gulf
52. Will the Son of Man Find Faith on Earth?
53. The Rate for the Job?
54. The First Will Be Last
55. Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen
56. The Wedding Garment
57. The Cursing of the Fig Tree
58. Faith That Removes Mountains
59. Neither Will I Tell You
60. Render to Caesar
61. Call No Man Your Father
62. You Brood of Vipers
63. This Generation Will Not Pass Away
64. There the Eagles Will Be Gathered Together
65. I Do Not Know You
66. This Is My Body . . . This Is My Blood
67. Let Him Who Has No Sword Buy One
68. Why Are You Here?
69. You Will See the Son of Man
70. Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
Notes to Text
Index of Biblical References
Index of Authors, etc.


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F. F. Bruce

F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was known worldwide as the "dean of evangelical scholarship"—a reputation earned by a lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and writing. Trained in classics at the University of Aberdeen and Cambridge University, he taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Leeds, and Sheffield before serving for nearly twenty years as the Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote many outstanding commentaries and books, including Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free; Israel and the Nations; New Testament History; The Books and the Parchments: How We Got Our English Bible; Jesus and Christian Origins Outside the New Testament; and The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.