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Interpreting the Parables (Second Edition)

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In the last century, more studies of the parables were produced than for any other section of comparable length in the Bible. The problem is that most Bible readers are unlikely ever to know of most of them.

In this substantially new and expanded edition, Craig Blomberg surveys and evaluates contemporary critical approaches to the parables, challenging the prevailing consensus and making his own important new contribution to parable studies. Within proper definitions and boundaries, the author defends a limited allegorical approach. In support of this view of parable interpretation, Blomberg not only sets forth theoretical considerations but devotes attention to all the major parables, providing brief interpretations that highlight the insights to be gained from his distinctive method.

Interpreting the Parables can be read with profit by scholars, students, pastors and educated laypeople.

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  • Provides a helpful introduction for pastors, scholars, students, and laypeople
  • Surveys and evaluates contemporary critical approaches to the parables
  • Applies conclusions to a brief discussion of each of the principal parables of the Gospels

Part One: Methods Controversies in Interpreting the Parables

  • Introduction
  • Parable Allegory
  • Form Criticism the Parables
  • Redaction Criticism of the Parables
  • New Literary Hermeneutical Methods

Part Two: The Meaning Significance of Individual Parables

  • Simple Three-Point Parables
  • Complex Three-Point Parables
  • Two-Point One-Point Parables
  • The Theology of the Parables: The Kingdom the Christ
Craig Blomberg continues to swim strongly against the tide with his ‘minority position’ in parables studies. I think he makes as good a case as possible for his position that Jesus’ parables are allegories, and in the course of his exposition of the individual parables usually ensures that there are some new insights even for interpreters who disagree with him. His updated discussion of the history of parable research, and his attention to recent developments in parable theory, will be welcomed by everyone.

—Stanley E. Porter, president, dean and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

It is good news when a good book on an important topic gets a new lease of life. Blomberg’s book is lucid, well-informed and reliable, and I warmly welcome this new updated edition.

—David Wenham, Trinity College, Bristol

This book is highly recommended. . . . All serious teachers and expositors of the parables should profit from this book.

—David L. Turner, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

  • Title: Interpreting the Parables, Second Edition
  • Author: Craig L. Blomberg
  • Edition: 2nd Edition
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 463
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Parables

In the Logos edition, this digital volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English Bible translations, and important terms link to a wealth of other resources in your digital library, including tools for original languages, dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, and theology texts. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Craig Blomberg

Craig Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has been teaching since 1986. Blomberg earned degrees from Augustana College, Trinity Divinity School, and Aberdeen University in Scotland. He previously taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and spent one year in Cambridge as a research fellow with Tyndale House. He has been on translation committees for the New Living Translation, English Standard Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Bloomberg is the author, coauthor, or co-editor of numerous books and more than 80 articles in journals or multi-author works. A recurring topic of interest in his writings is the historical reliability of the Scriptures, and he has also covered such diverse issues as wealth and poverty, hermeneutics, and women in ministry. His books include Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, 2nd ed., Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: James, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and The NIV Application Commentary: 1 Corinthians.


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  1. Keith Lovelady
    Do you still need to purchase the first edition of this particular book (Interpreting The parables), or is this new second edition book covering all the same material - the same scriptures of said parables of the first edition book and basically replacing the original first edition? If so, then there’s no need to purchase the first book, right?

  2. Scot Wright

    Scot Wright


    “substantially new and expanded edition” What does that mean?

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