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The Challenge of Jesus' Parables

, 2000
ISBN: 9780802846389
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This volume presents a fresh look at the meaning of Jesus' parables for Christian living today through a collection of essays by some of the top contemporary biblical scholars.

The parables recorded in the Gospels are central for an understanding of Jesus and his ministry. Yet the parables are more than simple stories; they present a number of obstacles to contemporary readers hoping to fully grasp their meaning. In this volume, thirteen New Testament scholars provide the background necessary to understand the original context and meaning of Jesus’ parables as well as their modern applications, all in a manner easily accessible to general readers.

Contributions to this volume include:

  • "From Allegorizing to Allegorizing: A History of the Interpretation of the Parables of Jesus," Klyne R. Snodgrass
  • "The Genre of the Parables," Robert H. Stein
  • "Parables in Early Judaism," Craig A. Evans
  • "Mark's Parables of the Kingdom (Mark 4:1–34)," Morna D. Hooker
  • "Matthew's Parables of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:0–52)," Donald A. Hagner
  • "Luke's Parables of the Kingdom (Luke 8:4–15; 13:18–21)," Richard N. Longenecker
  • "'Produce Fruit Worthy of Repentance:' Parables of Judgment against the Jewish Religious Leaders and the Nation (Matthew 25:1–22:14 par.; Luke 13:6–9)," Allan W. Martens
  • "On Being Ready (Matthew 25:1–46)," Richard T. France
  • Parables on God's Love and Forgiveness (Luke 15:1–32)," Stephen C. Barton
  • "Parables on Poverty and Riches (Luke 12:13–21; 16:1–13; 16:19–31)," Stephen I. Wright
  • Parables on Prayer (Luke 11:5–13; 18:1–14)," Walter L. Liefeld
  • "Strange Neighbors and Risky Care (Matthew 18:21–35; Luke 14:7–14; Luke 10:25–37)," Sylvia C. Keesmaat
  • "'Everyone Who Hears These Words of Mine:' Parables on Discipleship (Matthew 7:24–27/Luke 6:47–49; Luke 14:28–33; Luke 17:7–10; Matthew 20:1–16)," Michael P. Knowles
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“parables are intended to provoke, to challenge, and to elicit a concrete response to Jesus’ invitation to discipleship.” (Page 286)

“The message is not that God is a ‘rapacious capitalist’ (F. W. Beare, Matthew, 486), but that he is not satisfied with inaction. To play it safe and keep one’s slate clean is not enough. God looks for more than ‘a religion concerned only with not doing anything wrong’ (E. Schweizer, Matthew, 473). Discipleship in the kingdom of heaven is not a matter of safety but of risk, of losing life in order to gain it (cf. Matt 10:39; 16:25–26).” (Page 186)

“What the new approach has clearly observed about the parabolic genre is its affective dimension. Parables not only communicate information, they also disarm and persuade.” (Page 48)

“Now we move from the realm of animals and property as ways of talking about right priorities in the life of the kingdom to talk about people.” (Page 209)

“There are approximately ten parables in the Old Testament that loosely resemble those spoken by Jesus” (Page 54)

Clearly written, stimulating and challenging. The volume as a whole is to be strongly recommended and gives new insights into these fascinating stories. . . A welcome addition to the recent literature on the parables.

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  • Title: The Challenge of Jesus’ Parables
  • Author: Richard Longenecker
  • Series: McMaster New Testament Studies
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2000
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Jesus Christ › Parables
  • ISBNs: 9780802846389, 0802846386
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T22:36:08Z

Richard N. Longenecker is a prominent New Testament scholar and Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Wycliffe College, Toronto. He was formerly Distinguished Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.


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