The Greatest Prayer (Week 4)

Now we turn to chapter 6 of John Dominic Crossan’s book, The Greatest Prayer. This week we focus on the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Want to start our conversation early? Ask a question or add an observation in a comment on this post.

Discussion Questions

Chapter 6 – Give Us Our Daily Bread

  1. Before reading chapter six, what did the phrase “daily bread” mean to you?
  2. Crossan describes the economic changes to the area around the Sea of Galilee brought about by Herod Antipas. Who benefited from the increased production? Who was adversely affected? How does this change your understanding of the context of Jesus’s ministry?
  3. Why does Crossan suggest there is so much “fishy stuff” in the gospels?
  4. Crossan points out the repeated pattern of Take–>Bless–>Break–>Give in meal stories in the gospels. What conclusions does he make?
  5. What associations does Crossan make between “daily bread” and “bread from heaven” in the Old Testament? How does that expand our understanding of the possible meanings of daily bread?
  6. On page 133 Crossan writes, “It is never just about food. It is always about just food.” What do you think he means by that?
  7. What connections does Crossan find between the Lord’s Supper and the Lord’s Prayer?
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