Parables As Subversive Speech / Edition 1

Parables As Subversive Speech / Edition 1

by William R. Herzog
     
 

ISBN-10: 0664253555

ISBN-13: 9780664253554

Pub. Date: 01/01/1994

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

William Herzog shows that the focus of the parables was not on a vision of the glory of the reign of God but on the gory details of the way oppression served the interests of the ruling class. The parables were a form of social analysis, as well as a form of theological reflection. Herzog scrutinizes their canonical form to show the distinction between its purpose

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William Herzog shows that the focus of the parables was not on a vision of the glory of the reign of God but on the gory details of the way oppression served the interests of the ruling class. The parables were a form of social analysis, as well as a form of theological reflection. Herzog scrutinizes their canonical form to show the distinction between its purpose for Jesus and for evangelists. To do this, he uses the tools of historical criticism, including form criticism and redaction criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664253554
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
663,241
Product dimensions:
0.70(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Parables of Jesus, the Reign of God, and the Pedagogy of the Oppressed9
2The Peril of Not Modernizing Jesus30
3Interpretive Strategies for Reading the Parables40
4The World of Agrarian Societies and Traditional Aristocratic Empires53
5Blaming the Victims of Oppression: The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matt. 20:1-16)79
6Peasant Revolt and the Spiral of Violence: The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Mark 12:1-12)98
7The Unbridgeable Chasm: The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)114
8What If the Messiah Came and Nothing Changed? The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matt. 18:23-35)131
9The Vulnerability of the Whistle-blower: The Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27)150
10The Deviant and Prominent Toll Collectors: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Toll Collector (Luke 18:9-14)173
11The Moral Economy of the Peasant: The Parable of the Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-8)194
12Justice at the Gate? The Parable of the Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8)215
13A Weapon of the Weak: The Parable of the Dishonest Steward (Luke 16:1-9)233
14Concluding Remarks259
List of Abbreviations267
Notes269
Selected Bibliography273
Index of Modern Authors291
Index of Ancient Texts295

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