Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus / Edition 1

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Stories with Intent offers pastors and students an accessible and comprehensive guide to Jesus’ parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the context in which these stories were told, the purpose they had in Jesus’ message, and the ways they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship. While holding a consciously evangelical approach, Snodgrass deals throughout with a broad spectrum of opinions and interpretations.

He begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation. Offering both a new, more functional classification system for Jesus’ parables and guidelines for interpreting them, he provides an overview of other parables — often neglected in the discussion — from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. The remaining chapters group the longer and more important parables of Jesus thematically and give a comprehensive treatment of each, including background and significance for today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802842411
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 332,482
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Klyne R. Snodgrass is Paul W. Brandel Professor of New Testament Studies at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. His previous writing includes The Parable of the Wicked Tenants and Between Two Truths: Living with Biblical Tensions.

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Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction to the Parables of Jesus     1
Necessary History     4
What Is a Parable?     7
How Should Parables Be Classified?     9
What about Allegory?     15
Characteristics of Jesus' Parables     17
Distribution of the Parables     22
How Should Parables Be Interpreted?     24
NT Criticism - Assumptions and Hesitations, Method and Procedure     31
Parables in the Ancient World     37
The Old Testament     38
Early Jewish Writings     42
Greco-Roman Writings     46
The Early Church     51
Later Jewish Writings     53
Grace and Responsibility     61
The Unforgiving Servant (Matt 18:23-35)     61
The Two Debtors (Luke 7:41-43)     77
Parables of Lostness     93
The Arrangement of Luke 15     93
The Lost Sheep (Matt 18:12-14/Luke 15:4-7)     95
The Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10)     111
The Compassionate Father and His Two Lost Sons (Luke 15:11-32)     117
The Parable of the Sower and the Purpose of Parables (Matt 13:3-23; Mark 4:3-20; Luke 8:5-15)     145
Parables of the Present Kingdom in Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 13     179
The Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29)     179
The Wheat and the Weeds (Matt 13:24-30, 36-43)     191
The Mustard Seed (Matt 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19)     216
The Leaven (Matt 13:33; Luke 13:20-21)     228
The Treasure (Matt 13:44)     236
The Pearl (Matt 13:45-46)     248
Parables Specifically about Israel     255
The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9)     255
The Two Sons (Matt 21:28-32)     266
The Wicked Tenants (Matt 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19; Gos. Thom. 65-66)     276
The Wedding Banquet and the Feast (Matt 22:1-14; Luke 14:15-24; Gos. Thom. 64)     299
Parables about Discipleship     327
The Two Builders (Matt 7:24-27/Luke 6:47-49)     327
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)     338
The Workers in the Vineyard (Matt 20:1-16)     362
The Tower Builder and the Warring King (Luke 14:28-32)     379
Parables about Money     389
The Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21)     389
The Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-13)     401
The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)     419
Parables concerning God and Prayer      437
The Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-8)     437
The Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8)     449
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)     462
Parables of Future Eschatology     477
The Net (Matt 13:47-50)     482
The Eschatological Discourse     492
The Ten Virgins (Matt 25:1-13)     505
The Talents and the Minas (Matt 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27)     519
The Sheep and the Goats (Matt 25:31-46)     543
Epilogue     565
Appendices     567
Occurrences of [characters not reproducible] (parabole) in the NT     567
Occurrences of the Verb [characters not reproducible] (masal) in the OT     570
Occurrences of the Noun [characters not reproducible] (masal) in the OT     571
Occurrences of [characters not reproducible] (parabole) in the LXX     573
Occurrences of [characters not reproducible] (parabole) in the Apostolic Fathers     575
Classification of Parables     576
Notes     579
Bibliography     771
Primary Sources     771
Secondary Sources     772
Index of Authors     816
Index of Ancient Works     820
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