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Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus, Second Edition
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Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus, Second Edition


Eerdmans 2018

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Winner of the 2009 Christianity Today Award for Biblical Studies, Stories with Intent offers pastors and students a comprehensive and accessible guide to Jesus’ parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the historical context in which these stories were told, the part they played in Jesus’ overall message, and the ways in which they have been interpreted in the church and the academy.

Snodgrass begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation and providing an overview of other parables—often neglected in the discussion—from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. He then groups the more important parables of Jesus thematically and offers a comprehensive treatment of each, exploring both background and significance for today. This tenth anniversary edition includes a substantial new chapter that surveys developments in the interpretation of parables since the book’s original 2008 publication.

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For the first edition of this title, see here.

Key Features

  • Provides an in-depth guide to Jesus’ parables
  • Examines the parables in context and their historical interpretations
  • Features a new chapter on the developments in parable analysis in the ten years since the first edition


  • Introduction to the Parables of Jesus
  • Parables in the Ancient World
  • Grace and Responsibility
  • Grace and Responsibility
  • The Parable of the Sower and the Purpose of Parables
  • Parables of the Present Kingdom in Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 13
  • Parables Specifically about Israel
  • Parables about Discipleship
  • Parables about Money
  • Parables concerning God and Prayer
  • Parables of Future Eschatology
  • Recent Contributions to Parable Interpretation

Praise for the First Edition

Here in one volume is the latest and best interpretation of the parables of Jesus. This book is sure to be received as a fine resource for engaging proclamation of the parables.

—William H. Willimon

This book is simply a stunning achievement. . . . Scholar and student alike will appreciate its admirable clarity and its numerous fresh suggestions.

—Graham Stanton

Here is a book with intent, and it succeeds exceptionally well in opening up a key dimension of Jesus’ ministry and teaching.

—Darrell Bock

Product Details

  • Title: Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus, Second Edition
  • Author: Klyne R. Snodgrass
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 892
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Parables

About Klyne R. Snodgrass

Klyne R. Snodgrass is professor emeritus of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. His other books include The Parable of the Wicked Tenants, Between Two Truths: Living with Biblical Tensions, and the NIV Application Commentary volume on Ephesians. The first edition of his Stories with Intent won the 2009 Christianity Today Book Award for Biblical Studies.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition