Interpreting the Parables


Author: Craig L. Blomberg

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830875726

Category: Religion

Page: 334

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The classic works of C. H. Dodd and Joachim Jeremias set the direction for nearly all further parable studies in this century. Embodied in both scholar's approaches are at least two assumptions that, for the most part, have gone unchallenged: (1) Parables make one and only one main point. (2) They are not allegories. But can these assumptions be supported by the evidence? In this introductory text, Craig Blomberg surveys and evaluates contemporary critical approaches to the parables, challenging the prevailing consensus and making his own important new contribution to parable studies. Within proper definitions and limits, he argues, the parables are in fact best seen as allegories. In support of his thesis, he not only sets forth theoretical considerations but devotes attention to all the major parables, providing brief interpretations that highlight the insights to be gained from his distinctive method. A concluding chapter examines the implications of the parables for Christology and our understanding of the kingdom of God. This groundbreaking book will be of value not only to students but to pastors and other serious readers of Scripture.

Interpreting the Parables

A Hermeneutical Guide to Their Meaning


Author: John W. Sider

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310494515

Category: Analogy.

Page: 283

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Many books have been written about the parables of Jesus and what they mean. This book introduces a different approach to the interpretation of the parables, namely, parables as analogies. John Sider uses an inductive method, drawing on extrabiblical literature in his discussion of how the parables of Scripture can best be understood and interpreted. He also examines from different angles the prevalent theory that each parable of Jesus has only one meaning. All these features ensure that Interpreting the Parables makes a distinctive contribution to the literary analysis of Scripture and our biblical understanding.Part 1 uses examples from the parables and classic parable interpretations to show how analogies work, and it compares these kinds of analogies with nonbiblical texts, from comic strips to Shakespeare. Part 2 gives readers practice in interpreting, to help them see how each parable might work. Part 3 continues the practical aspect in dealing with factors external to the text.

Interpreting the Parables


Author: Archibald M. Hunter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781494011031


Page: 122

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This is a new release of the original 1960 edition.

An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus


Author: Robert H. Stein

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664243906

Category: Religion

Page: 180

View: 9714

A clear and thorough introduction to the best known of Jesus' teachings, this much-needed text examines what parables are, why Jesus taught in parables, and the purpose and place of parables in the Gospel narratives. Invaluable for the beginning seminary or college students and for church study groups, this enlightening work reveals the meaning of the parables when they were first given, their meaning for the Gospel writers, and their meaning for us today.

The Radical Stories of Jesus

Interpreting the Parables Today


Author: Michael Ball

Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Pub

ISBN: 9781573123259

Category: Religion

Page: 180

View: 3182

In this new study from the Regent's Study Guide Series, Michael Ball describes how the shocking, disturbing and even subversive the parables of Jesus must have seemed to those who first heard them. He recounts how the plots of the parables involve mugging, murder, family quarrels and sudden death. They feature foreigners, tax collectors, crooks, and lazy, dishonest and discontented employees. The author suggests that the parables are designed to get under the guard of our minds and make us see new truths from new perspectives, pointing to the reality of God and his kingdom. This book offers a helpful review of recent scholarship on the parables, setting them against their Old Testament background and exploring their place in the ministry of Jesus and in the Gospel narratives. Ball also proposes a method of interpretation for Christians today, being especially concerned to help those who will preach on the parables. Drawing on abundances of illustrations from novels, poems and sermons, his goal is that the authentic voice of Jesus may be heard as clearly as possible in our contemporary world .

The Parables of Jesus

A Commentary


Author: Arland J. Hultgren

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802860774

Category: Religion

Page: 552

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Outlines the parables of Jesus and discusses how each of the parables can be taught and preached.

A Theology of the New Testament


Author: George Eldon Ladd,Donald Alfred Hagner

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802806802

Category: Religion

Page: 764

View: 1357

Ladd's magisterial work on New Testament theology has well served scores of seminary students since 1974. Now this comprehensive, standard evangelical text has been carefully revised by Hagner to include an update of Ladd's survey of the history of the field of New Testament theology, an augmented bibliography, and an entirely new subject index.

Preaching the Parables

From Responsible Interpretation to Powerful Proclamation


Author: Craig L. Blomberg

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801027497

Category: Religion

Page: 251

View: 3964

A guide to preaching the parables that shows how to first interpret the parables, then proclaim their significance.

The Parables of Jesus Revisited

An Innovative Approach to Understanding and Interpreting the Parables


Author: Wm. F. Bekgaard

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462038050

Category: Religion

Page: 172

View: 4682

With the exception of perhaps prophecy, more has been written and interpreted about parables than any other subject in the Bible. Many authors offer varying viewpoints and theories on these stories, but few explain how to discover which opinion is correct. The Parables of Jesus Revisited shares a commonsense approach to understanding biblical parables and applying them to a twenty-first century society by removing any mystery or misunderstanding that surrounds them. Parables are figures of speech used to teach and instruct and should not be so cryptic that they cannot be understood. By discarding the use of allegorical interpretation and applying the story’s literal meaning to our lives, we learn that each parable is meant to be read as a simple story, without any hidden meaning. In Matthew 13:13–15, Jesus spoke of people who could not understand these stories because of an unwillingness to hear the truth. But the parables were not meant for the faithless. Instead, they were meant for souls interested in hearing more about Christ’s message. Learn how to interpret these parables through notes on the customs from the period, allegorical and literal interpretations, practical applications, and more. If you have ever wondered about the real meaning of biblical parables, The Parables of Jesus Revisited is the key to unlocking the truth.