The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kenneth E. Bailey

Narrated By: Stephen R. Thorne

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2014

Duration: 10 hours 8 minutes


“The Lord is my shepherd.”

Thus begins the most beloved of all Psalms—and thus begins a thousand-year journey through the Bible. Prophets, apostles, and Jesus himself took up this image from David, reshaping it, developing it, and applying it to their own situations and needs. Kenneth Bailey uses his celebrated insights into Middle Eastern culture, especially his familiarity with Middle Eastern shepherding customs, to bring new light and life to our understanding of this central image of the Christian faith. With each of nine major Old and New Testament passages, Bailey reveals the literary artistry of the biblical writers and summarizes their key theological features. His work is also enriched by his unique access to very early Middle Eastern commentaries on these passages, bringing fresh understanding from within the mind-set of these ancient worlds. The Good Shepherd invites us to experience a rich, biblical feast of ethical, theological, and artistic delights.

“What a feast Ken Bailey has prepared for us in this book, and what an overflowing cupful of insights and illumination. If you ever thought there was nothing more you could ever learn or preach about the biblical image of the good shepherd, this book has an abundance of surprises…This is a book that simultaneously brings the Bible to life and exalts the Lord Jesus Christ by deeply enriching our understanding of his mission and claims as the Good Shepherd.”—Christopher J. H. Wright, international ministries director, Langham Partnership