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Classic Studies on the Parables of Jesus (11 vols.)


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The parables of Jesus are among the most memorable and enduring of the words Christ spoke on earth. When plain language was too much for his audience to bear, Jesus used the parables as a means to teach the truth in a way that his followers and even his detractors could more easily digest. This collection brings together many classic volumes that delve into the meaning of the parables, both individually and as a whole. Whether you are looking for a brief overview or a more detailed analysis of individual parables or an examination of the parables as a whole, you will find it in this collection.

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  • Contains timeless studies of the parables from a variety of perspectives
  • Provides key context and analysis of dozens of individual parables
  • Unpacks the meaning of the parables as a whole in relation to all of Jesus’ teaching

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Exposition of the Parables

  • Author: John G. Lonsdale
  • Publisher: John W. Parker & Son
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 161

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In this volume, John Lonsdale goes through each of more than two dozen parables to provide succinct explanations in everyday language. For each parable, he provides the context in which it was originally delivered and then chooses the most salient moral lesson drawn from each. These expositions are perfect for use in elementary Sunday school lessons, and they also serve as a general introduction to the parables.

John Lonsdale (17 January 1788 – 19 October 1867) was the third Principal of King’s College, London, and later served as Bishop of Lichfield.

Lectures on the Parables of our Saviour

  • Author: Edward N. Kirk
  • Publisher: R. Craighead
  • Publication Date: 1857
  • Pages: 534

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Edward Kirk sets out in this series of lectures to show how the parables taken together provide the framework of Christ’s gospel teaching, how the gospel is received, and how the gospel’s effects are experienced in the church and our ultimate eternal destiny. Looking at each of the main parables in depth, Kirk looks at the main characters as types in order to elucidate their meaning for the gospel as a whole.

Edward Norris Kirk (August 14, 1802 – March 27, 1874), was a Christian missionary, pastor, teacher, evangelist and writer in the Presbyterian, Congregational and revivalist traditions in the US. He founded the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Albany, New York, following a schism at the Second Presbyterian Church in the same city, and later served as the first pastor of Mount Vernon Congregational Church (now associated with Old South Church) in Boston, from 1842 to 1871, where his teaching led to the conversion of renowned evangelist Dwight L. Moody.

New Readings of Old Parables

  • Author: Charles Anderson
  • Publisher: Henry S. King & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 145

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Focused on a dozen of Jesus’ most significant parables, Charles Anderson strips away the centuries of “mystical interpretations” in order to view the texts with fresh eyes. With this new perspective, the parables achieve a deeper impact that more practically speaks to the present age.

Charles Anderson was the Vicar of St. John’s, Limehouse and author of The Curate of Shyre

Sermons on the Parables

  • Author: John Farrer
  • Publisher: F. and C. Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1801
  • Pages: 395

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In this collection of sermons, John Farrer offers in depth coverage of nine key parables, as well as several introductory sermons on the nature and purpose of parables. Kirk delves deeply into each parable providing essential context of the original target audience, the literal and spiritual meanings of the biblical texts, and the application to us today. Each sermon is crafted to explain the scriptures, and lead the hearer to live it out in a personal way.

John Farrer (1733–1804) was educated at Queens College, Oxford, where he earned his MA in 1797. He was rector of the united parishes of St. Clement, East Cheap, and St. Martin Orgars, London.

Sermons on the Parables

  • Author: William Davidson
  • Publisher: Western Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 460

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Published posthumously, this compilation of sermons captures in print the powerful preaching on the parables of Reformed pastor William Davidson. Each sermon captures Davidson’s captivating style in relaying the meaning of each parable to those in Jesus’ day, as well as contemporary hearers of the Word of God.

William Davidson was the pastor of United Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, OH

The Parables

  • Author: Lyman Abbott
  • Publisher: D. Appleton and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 248

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Through his parables, Jesus utilizes the art of storytelling to do the work of presenting his Jewish audience with teachings they would otherwise reject as counter to their long-held preconceptions regarding the coming Kingdom of God. In The Parables, Lyman Abbott explores the efficacy of Jesus’ approach through his stirringly informative introduction. The remainder of the volume is dedicated to reproducing the texts of the great parables amidst elegant illustrations.

Lyman Abbott is the author of The Acts of the Apostles with Notes, Comments, Maps, and Illustrations, Dictionary of Religious Knowledge, and Jesus of Nazareth.

The Parables of Jesus

  • Author: Alfred Nevin
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Board of Publication
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 518

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The Parables of Jesus provides an extensive analysis of 30 of Jesus’ parables. Written in accessible language, Alfred Nevin aims to assist anyone to understand more easily the purpose and meaning of each parable.

Alfred Nevin (1816–1890) graduated from Western Theological Seminary in Allegheny, Pennsylvania in 1839, and pastored at numerous churches in the same state. Among his numerous works is Triumph of Truth, Guide to the Oracles, and A Plea for Christian Union.

The Parables of Jesus

  • Author: Philip Coghlan
  • Publisher: R & T Washbourne
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 244

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The Kingdom of God is a prominent theme woven through many of Jesus’ parables. In The Parables of Jesus, Philip Coghlan delves into more than 30 parables to illuminate their meaning in a way that is both intellectual and spiritual. Coghlan seeks to facilitate Christ’s speaking to us “heart to heart” through the parables in a way that does not rely solely on feelings but also fully utilizes our intellect.

Philip Coghlan was the author of The Passion and Death of Jesus

The Parables of Judgment

  • Author: Brewster MacPherson
  • Publisher: Elliot Stock
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 360

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Is the resurrection of the dead a spiritual resurrection or a physical one? The answer from Brewster MacPherson is that it is both. Drawing from the parables as well as the Beatitudes, MacPherson looks at what the Bible tells us about God’s judgment and man’s ultimate destiny.

Brewster MacPherson was the author of Gifts for Men

The Study of the Parables

  • Author: Ada R. Habershon
  • Publisher: Pickering & Inglis
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 366

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Following a valuable chapter on “Methods of Interpretation,” there are 16 chapters giving exhaustive studies on all the parables of our Lord. Several useful appendices include outlines and charts. Ada R. Habershon’s insights are fresh, original, and scholarly.

Ada Ruth Habershon was an English Christian hymnist, best known for her 1907 gospel song “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”

The Theology of the Parables

  • Author: Henry James Coleridge
  • Publisher: Burns & Oates
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 69

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Why did Jesus teach in parables? This is the question his first disciples asked him, and it is a question we do well to respond to even today. In this brief treatise, Henry James Coleridge looks at Jesus’ own answer to this question and how the parables fit into Jesus’ teaching as a whole. Coleridge also includes a helpful chart for devotional reading that pairs each of the parables with the Lenten Gospel reading of the day from the pre-Vatican II Catholic Lectionary.

Henry James Coleridge (born 20 September 1822, in Devon, England; d. Roehampton, 13 April 1893) was a writer on religious affairs and preacher.


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