Many Things In Parables / Edition 1

Many Things In Parables / Edition 1

by Charles W. Hedrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 066422427X

ISBN-13: 9780664224271

Pub. Date: 06/21/2004

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

In this splendid introduction to the elusive rhetorical device central to the New Testament picture of Jesus, Charles Hedrick explores the nature of the parable and its history of use. He asks basic questions such as, what is a parable? is Jesus really the author of the parables? and what does a parable mean? and then reviews a range of sources--from Aesop's fables

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In this splendid introduction to the elusive rhetorical device central to the New Testament picture of Jesus, Charles Hedrick explores the nature of the parable and its history of use. He asks basic questions such as, what is a parable? is Jesus really the author of the parables? and what does a parable mean? and then reviews a range of sources--from Aesop's fables to modern New Testament scholarship--to answer them. He also surveys the various ways the parables have been approached in literary criticism throughout history, giving specific examples of each method and delineating their strengths and weaknesses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664224271
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
06/21/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
0.37(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1Theory
1What is a parable? : the evidence from the gospels1
2Where to begin? : first steps in reading the parables of Jesus10
3Is Jesus really the author of the parables? : the problem of sources23
4Why did Jesus speak in parables? : surveying the literature27
5What do parables present to the reader? : realistic first-century fictions36
6What does a parable mean? : caveats to readers of the parables45
Pt. 2Strategies55
7Jesus the figure maker : parable as allegory, metaphor, and symbol57
8Jesus the ethicist : parable as moral lesson and codification for social reform67
9Jesus the existentialist and bard : parable as existential narrative and poetic fiction77
10How does a parable resonate? : empowering the reader89

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