In this introductory text, 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 limits, he argues, the parables are in fact best seen as allegories.
The classic works of C. H. Dodd and Joachim Jeremias set the direction for nearly all further parable studies in this century. Embodied in both scholars’ approaches are at least two assumptions that, for the most part, have gone unchallenged: (1) Parables make one and only one main point. (2) They are not allegories. But can these assumptions be supported by the evidence?
In support of his thesis, 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. He also provides a comprehensive survey and evaluation of contemporary critical approaches to the parables. A concluding chapter examines the implications of the parables for Christology and our understanding of the kingdom of God.
This groundbreaking book will be of value not only to students but to pastors and other serious readers of Scripture.
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“One of the major theses to be defended in this book is that a majority of the parables make exactly three main points.” (Page 21)
“1. The parables, as they stand in the Gospels, are much more allegorical than is usually acknowledged.” (Page 20)
“3. Many parables probably make more than one main point.” (Page 21)
“This is the second reason for its publication: there are good reasons to believe that in important ways the dominant approaches of the twentieth century to the interpretation of the parables are misguided and require rethinking.” (Page 14)
“ The kingdom of God is so valuable that it is worth sacrificing anything to gain it.64” (Page 279)
[H]ere is a book that will take its place beside and conceivably displace the standard evangelical treatments of parables. . .
—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Interpreting the Parables will appeal to theological students as what will, I suspect, become the standard evangelical textbook on the subject. . .much superior to its rivals.
—I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen