Across The Threshold, Into The Questions:

Discovering Jesus, Finding Self

“Caren Goldman and Ted Voorhees—one a Jew and the other a Christian—approach the Gospels at the place where Jews and Christians and indeed people of any or even no religious affiliation can meet: the story of Jesus of Nazareth, a story of a fully human first-century Jew.” – Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion


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Read what acclaimed authors, clergy & people of all faiths say:

“See the encounters of Jesus’ life as windows into possibilities for yours.  Accept the invitation to go or strive to go through the narrow door.  Choose between life and fear, for the unengaged life is truly not worth living, and has no possibility of salvation or abundance.” —Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Church USA

“Jesus: loving to outsiders, hard on insiders.  A poet of existence, a visionary of God’s plan for the world, a lover, a nose-thumber, a party-lover, a life-laugher, hard-driven, to the point, clear-eyed, kept his goal before him, did not compromise with the System, but exposed it for what it was, walking into its maw, sure that by swallowing him the System would poison itself, dying from a surfeit of health.  Ready to die for truth, to set people free.  Care to explore?”  —Walter Wink, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary

“The trouble with Jesus is that he refuses to stay where you put him.  Just when you thought he was safely confined to the pages of Scripture, Goldman and Voorhees have gone and let him out.  In Across The Threshold, Into The Questions, this freed Jesus will walk across the threshold of your life and make his stories become your stories.”  —The Rev. Anne Robertson, Executive Director, Massachusetts Bible Society

“The readings, questions, and reflections on every page invite the reader to cross that inner threshold, inviting serious self-discovery, and opening new possibilities for transformation.”   —Rev. D. Andrew Kille, PhD, editor of The Bible Workbench and co-editor of Psychological Insight into the Bible: Texts and Readings

“Rewards the reader who iis willing to go deeper into the questions about Jesus and oneself…can open a world of spiritual dynamic.”  —The Rt. Re. William E. Swing, Episcopal Bishop of California, retired, and President of United Religions Iniitiative

“Across the Threshold, Into the Questions is a thought-provoking book. From the first words of the first chapter – indeed from the introduction – I found myself underlining insightful sentences and scribbling notes to myself of things I wanted to think about more deeply. The authors’ penetrating open-ended questions are an invitation to interact with the gospel characters in a new and deeper way. Their personal stories show how the age-old tales are relevant today, and their choices of quotations allow the reader to see how people through history have engaged these same questions. I love this book. It will be excellent for discussion groups as well as individual reading and thought.”  —-Karen L. Oberst, author of But I Tell You, Jesus Introduces a Better Way to Live

“For believer, non-believer, and skeptic, a wonderful companion for the journe…I will turn to this book over and over again in sermon and class preparation, as well as for my own prayer and contemplation.”  —The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, and author of Interrupted by God: Glimpses from the Edge

“This book is paced with possibilities, so take your time with it: no rush!  Wander through it, savor it, have a mirror handy, and expect surprises.”  —John Beverley Butcher, author of  Telling the Untold Stories and The Tao of Jesus