2. Stanley asked his friend, Peter Ochs, to read this book while he was writing it, because he valued his friend’s opinion. Peter Ochs is Jewish, so the subject of Jesus’ crucifixion is not a “natural” for Ochs. Think about a friend you have who would be willing to step outside of his or her own experience to give you honest feedback. What’s the value to you of having such a friend? If you don’t have a friend who could do this, how might you go about nurturing such friendship?
3. Ochs mentions the “laughing joy that is as much fully God [and] fully human” as God’s willingness to offer himself in love, a willingness that resulted in Jesus’ suffering. Do you have an image of God as “laughing joy”? If you don’t recognize laughing joy (or delight, as the biblical term is) as part of God’s experience, what could you do to recover for yourself this part of your religious tradition?