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A Word Fitly Spoken: Context, Transmission, and Adoption of the Parables of Jesus
     

A Word Fitly Spoken: Context, Transmission, and Adoption of the Parables of Jesus

by Philip L. Culbertson
 

ISBN-10: 0791423123

ISBN-13: 9780791423127

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book compares New Testament and Rabbinical texts in order to recover the oral tradition accompanying the written Biblical text. Although New Testament Greek is a hellenistic idiom, it reflects a Semitic rather than a hellenistic culture. Therefore, Culbertson looks to Jewish sources in order to understand the Greek text, rather than to the philosophical,

Overview

This book compares New Testament and Rabbinical texts in order to recover the oral tradition accompanying the written Biblical text. Although New Testament Greek is a hellenistic idiom, it reflects a Semitic rather than a hellenistic culture. Therefore, Culbertson looks to Jewish sources in order to understand the Greek text, rather than to the philosophical, methodological, and literary sources of hellenistic culture.

The author uses specific examples to illustrate various literary theories and to prove the value of a Listener Response Analysis of Gospel texts. A dozen parables are discussed in detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791423127
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Series:
SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.89(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Contextuality (Matthew 7:29)

2. The Hermeneutical Location of Paradise

3. Halakhic Midrash as Parable (Deuteronomy 23:19)

4. The Impact of Cumulative Parables: Strings of Pearls(Matthew 13:3–53)

5. Pancultural Adaptations: He Who Never Lifts His Gaze Will Never Know the Truth (Matthew 25:1–12)

6. Unexpected Literary Forms: The Fish Who Paid Taxes (Matthew 17:24–27 and 22:15–21)

7. Shifts in Transmission: Mites, Motes, and Mistakes(Matthew 7:1–5)

8. Parables with a Foreign Nimshal: A Skeleton in the King's Closet (Matthew 21:42–44)

9. Listener Response: Wedding Feasts and Wineskins(Matthew 9:14–17)

Epilogue

Appendix I: Proverbs 25:11: A Word Fitly Spoken

Appendix II: Selections from H aim bar Bezalel's Iggeret ha-Tiyyul

Appendix III: The Half-Sheqel Offering in the Second Temple

Period

Bibliography

Name Index

Subject Index

Biblical and Apocryphal Citations

Classical and Early Christian References

Rabbinic References

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