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,

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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
1Contextuality (Matthew 7:29)1
2The Hermeneutical Location of Paradise25
3Halakhic Midrash as Parable (Deuteronomy 23:19)53
4The Impact of Cumulative Parables: Strings of Pearls (Matthew 13:3-53)85
5Pancultural Adaptations: He Who Never Lifts His Gaze Will Never Know the Truth (Matthew 25:1-12)119
6Unexpected Literary Forms: The Fish Who Paid Taxes (Matthew 17:24-27 and 22:15-21)149
7Shifts in Transmission: Mites, Motes, and Mistakes (Matthew 7:1-5)187
8Parables with a Foreign Nimshal: A Skeleton in the King's Closet (Matthew 21:42-44)219
9Listener Response: Wedding Feasts and Wineskins (Matthew 9:14-17)257
Epilogue283
Appendix I: Proverbs 25:11: A Word Fitly Spoken285
Appendix II: Selections from Haim bar Bezalel's293
Appendix III: The Half-Sheqel Offering in the Second Temple Period297
Bibliography309
Name Index363
Subject Index371
Biblical and Apocryphal Citations375
Classical and Early Christian References383
Rabbinic References385

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