In this book, the authors present exhaustive literary and theological textual analyses of all Jesus' teachings, on prayer, parables, and model prayer. Jesus' teachings on prayer are compared with his own practice and examples recorded in the text. In the appendix, stylistic analysis is employed to compare Jesus' prayer with Greek cultic prayer. The authors conclude that prayer for Jesus was the authentic communication of a life acting out the commandments of God.
William David Spencer is Adjunct Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and Pastor of Encouragement at Pilgrim Church in Beverly, Massachusetts. Aida Besancon Spencer is Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Pastor of Organization at Pilgrim Church.