We’ve just started Tim Keller’s Prodigal God study series with a group from church. If you haven’t seen it, it is a series of studies that go with Keller’s book on the parable of the prodigal son.
Overall I’m really happy with the format and content of the course. Keller has a particular focus on the older son which I think is the actual focus of the parable, and very pastorally helpful in a church situation.
I do however have one question about Keller’s exegesis of the parable. He suggests that Jesus not only intended the older brother to be a rebuke to the self righteous Pharisees, he also intended him to point people to a ‘true’ older brother who would go and look for the younger brother and bring him home ie. as a pointer to the ministry of Jesus himself. It’s a very nice idea, but I just can’t see this what Jesus originally intended when he told the parable