Many Things In Parables / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664224271
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 6/21/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,032,877
  • Product dimensions: 0.37 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles W. Hedrick is Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Theory
1 What is a parable? : the evidence from the gospels 1
2 Where to begin? : first steps in reading the parables of Jesus 10
3 Is Jesus really the author of the parables? : the problem of sources 23
4 Why did Jesus speak in parables? : surveying the literature 27
5 What do parables present to the reader? : realistic first-century fictions 36
6 What does a parable mean? : caveats to readers of the parables 45
Pt. 2 Strategies 55
7 Jesus the figure maker : parable as allegory, metaphor, and symbol 57
8 Jesus the ethicist : parable as moral lesson and codification for social reform 67
9 Jesus the existentialist and bard : parable as existential narrative and poetic fiction 77
10 How does a parable resonate? : empowering the reader 89
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