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The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation

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Fully one-third of Jesus’ words in the Synoptic Gospels occur in parables—knowing the parables is essential for understanding the person of Christ. In this work, Brad Young displays his unique perspective as a scholar steeped in both Jewish and Christian studies. While parables have timeless messages, reinterpretations in new contexts throughout the centuries have distorted the original meanings and undermined the essence of what Jesus intended. Young examines the parables that best illustrate the parallels between the rabbinic and Gospel parables. He challenges readers to remember that first-century Judaism was not merely the backdrop for Jesus’ teachings but the very stage from which Jesus delivered the message of the kingdom. Jesus’ ethics and theology can be properly understood only in the light of first-century Jewish teachings.

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Key Features

  • Focuses on the historical development and theological significance of parables
  • Examines five theological subjects dealt with in parables: prayer, grace, reconciliation, calling, and sovereignty
  • Discusses connections between Christ and both Christianity and Judaism


  • Part I: The Historical Development and the Theological Significance of Parables in Judaism and Christianity
    • Gospel and Rabbinic Parables
  • Part II: Jewish Prayer and the Parables of Jesus
    • The Contemptible Friend and the Corrupt Judge
  • Part III: Parables of Grace in the Gospels and Their Theological Foundations in Ancient Judaism
    • The Fair Employer: Jewish Grace in Jesus’ Parables
    • The Talents: God’s Gracious Gifts
  • Part IV: Teaching in Parables: The Theology of Reconciliation between God and Humanity in Both Judaism and Christianity
    • The Samaritan: Love Your Enemies
    • The Merciful Lord and His Unforgiving Servant
    • The Father of Two Lost Sons
    • The Two Debtors
  • Part V: The Disciple’s Call: A Life of Learning and Doing
    • The Urgent Invitation
    • The Search
    • The Find
    • The Decision
    • The Unjust Steward
  • Part VI: Torah Learning and God’s Reign
    • Four Types of Hearers
    • Death and Eschatology: A Theology of Imminence

Praise for the Print Edition

Young’s investigation and analysis is both interesting and challenging. The introduction gives a solid overview of parables in general as teaching tools. Young also surveys the relationship between Jesus’ parables and the broader context of Rabbinic Judaism. He makes extensive use of Jewish materials related to Second Temple Judaism including the Mishnah, Talmud, Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as the work of modern Jewish scholars and other major secondary sources. The general outline he follows in his exposition of the various parables is logical and helpful . . . Young’s study of the parables is an excellent and stimulating contribution to the study of the parables and is well worth reading.

Ashland Theological Journal

Product Details

  • Title: The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation
  • Author: Brad H. Young
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 348

About Brad H. Young

Brad H. Young is the associate professor of Judaic-Christian studies in the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. He has devoted much energy to Jewish-Christian interfaith dialogue. Young is the author of many books, including Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus, Paul the Jewish Theologian, and Jesus the Jewish Theologian.