A fresh look at the meaning of Jesus' parables for Christian living today. The parables recorded in the Gospels are central for an understanding of Jesus and his ministry. Yet the parables are more than simple stories; they present a number of obstacles to contemporary readers hoping to fully grasp their meaning. In this volume, thirteen New Testament scholars provide the background necessary to understand the original context and meaning of Jesus' parables as well as their modern applications, all in a manner easily accessible to general readers. Contributors: Stephen C. Barton Craig A. Evans Richard T. France Donald A. Hagner Morna D. Hooker Sylvia C. Keesmaat Michael P. Knowles Walter L. Liefeld Richard N. Longenecker Allan W. Martens Klyne R. Snodgrass Robert H. Stein Stephen I. Wright
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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.
A concise but thorough survey of current scholarly thinking on Jesus' parables, for the ordinary reader.
William Barclay brings to these "best-known stories in the world" new force and significance for the modern reader. Each chapter analyzes an individual parable--identifies its theme, explains it in the light of the language and customs of the ancient world, and clearly interprets its meaning for us today. The William Barclay Library is a collection of books addressing the great issues of the Christian faith. As one of the world's most widely read interpreters of the Bible and its meaning, William Barclay devoted his life to helping people become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Hear Then the Parable is an innovative literary-social reading of all the parables of Jesus.
Over 2000 years ago Jesus invited his followers to a new life, empowered by the saving grace of God. Jesus in-filled them with spiritual knowledge and asked them to develop certain attitudes and life-styles so that they may possess this new life. Do you want to be blessed by this new life but unsure of how to achieve it? Dr. Timothy Maurice Pianzin's spirit-filled book entitled, Discovering the Truth of Jesus' Parables in the light of its Historical, Geographical and Socio-cultural Setting uncovers the hidden meanings contained in Jesus' parables and gives you understanding on how to live life that will qualify you to claim your inheritance in heaven. Don't hesitate, read Dr. Timothy Maurice Pianzin's excellent guidebook to the parables of Jesus now. If you read Discovering the Truth of Jesus' Parables with a receptive heart and mind, the life-saving Words of Jesus will comes alive and transforms your life to live it in the fullness of God's grace. Dr. Timothy Maurice Pianzin has doctorates in Biblical Theology and Sustainable Development. For the last thirty years he has been a devoted Bible scholar and has participated in many Bible courses and seminars. He has also traveled extensively in the lands that Jesus once walked and preached, and has painstakingly researched on the background to Jesus' parables-which became the basis for writing of this book. In addition he has also contributed in the teaching the Bible for over twenty years, covering most books of the Bible and many other biblical topics. In his professional life he has written many reports for the United Nation, Commonwealth Secretariat and other institutions. Since his retirement from consulting works, he has devoted his life to make the Word of God better known.
A premier New Testament scholar explores how Jesus' trial and execution are portrayed in the New Testament and how that portrayal has affected biblical studies, Christian theology, and Jewish-Christian relations through history. Tomson has written an accessible, responsible analysis of the biblical accounts of Jesus' death, demonstrating how, through compounded misunderstandings, they contributed to anti-Jewish sentiment in the early church and later history. Tomson's question of how Jesus is to be understood in his first-century Judean context is a critical one not only for biblical scholars, but for anyone concerned about human rights and interreligious dialogue today.
A study and analysis of the more than 250 parables in Spripture. From the "All Series" by a renowned Bible expositor.
Like yeast, parables are explosive stories of Jesus that invade our lives and transform us into citizens of the kingdom of God. But they are also cryptic, and that’s where this book is useful. More than an explanation or interpretation of each parable, this definitive work is primarily an exercise in hermeneutics. In it, readers are taken through a process of discovering which sayings of Jesus are parables, problematic questions related to counting and categorizing them, and Jesus’ rationale for speaking in parables. The work then analyzes four distinct ways that parables are structured and three levels at which they do their work in us. The final chapter presents parable-related hermeneutical guidelines, and the book ends with seven extensive Appendices and two Indexes. It is a “must read” for every biblical scholar!