Preaching Parables: A Metaphorical Interfaith Approach by Steven J. Voris
Preaching Parables is the first book to systematically look at the type and style of parables as a genre across literary and religious lines to help readers understand and use the unique "transformational process" themselves. The book contains sixty sample parables from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist faith traditions.
The word parable is a transliteration of a Greek word meaning "to throw beside." Parables are the metaphorical comparison of two different life situations. A short story, the parable, is thrown beside the life experience of a hearer. When hearers make the subconscious metaphorical comparison between their own situations and that in the parable, they take the lesson to heart and change, although often over a period of time. Since the metaphorical comparison is made at the subconscious level, a parable allows hearers to bypass the cognitive mental roadblocks they normally use to keep themselves from discerning the truth. The eventual "Ah Ha" moment results in life-changing insight.
About the Author: Rev. Steven J. Voris is a lieutenant in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. He holds advanced degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary (DMin) and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (MDiv)
Preface vii Acknowledgments xi What Is a Parable? 1 Why Are Parables Necessary? 14 How Do Parables Work? 35 The Stylistic Anatomy of a Parable 55 The Fable: Not Just for Children 82 Parables Working in Context 99 Parables and the Unsympathetic Audience 112 How to Read Parables for Transformation 127 How to Write Parables for Transformation 144 Modern Parables in Preaching and Teaching 159 Jesus's Parables in Preaching and Teaching 172 For Further Reading 193 Notes 198 Annotated Bibliography 204 Index of Parables 211 Index of Parables to the Roman Catholic and the Revised Common Lectionaries 213