Description: This revised edition of The Family Metaphor in Jesus' Teaching examines the family metaphors for God (Father) and for believers ( children, brothers ) that Jesus chose to use. Jesus t only held up a child as an example of receptivity, but he defended actual children, warning against despising one of these little ones. Using current discussions of the equal-regard family and of the importance of human fathering, Stephen Finlan explores how the gospel entails a changed model of parenting and of marriage and a new approach to spiritual growth. Endorsements: In this careful and beautifully written book, Stephen Finlan demonstrates t only the importance of the family metaphor or the message of Jesus, but also that the equal-regard family is t just a construction of abstract theology, but rather has a true basis in the Christian Scriptures. --Don Browning, author of Equality and the Family About the Contributor(s): Stephan Finlan is pastor of Mathewson Street United Methodist Church, Providence, Rhode Island. He has taught theology at Fordham, Drew, Seton Hall, and Durham Universities. He is coeditor of Theosis: Deification in Christian Theology (Pickwick, 2006), The Apostle Paul and the Pauline Tradition (2008), Options on Atonement (2007), and Problems with Atonement (2005).