Wednesday, May 03, 2006

change in project paper

didn't like one of the paragraphs I made, so I scraped it and replaced it with this:

Not only the form but the function is an incredibly important facet to Jesus' parables. One primary function of the parables most scholars can agree on is its relation to the Kingdom of God. The parallelism in the parables to the Kingdom of God is to be understood as power and as mighty deeds (23). There are also three main types of parables: parables of advent, parables of reversal, and parables of action. Crossan believes that a parable of advent can clearly be seen in the story of the sower. The question of the yield (thirtyfold, sixtyfold, one hundredfold) refers not to the whole sowing, but to the seed sown in the good soil. The seeds that grow perhaps relate to the common individual and the soil is the true faith. One cannot grow without true faith, this parable of the sower suggests. Crossan connects the theme of advent to parables through the idea of some seeds growing and others not.
The second function according to this book of Jesus' parables is to provide the theme of reversal. This theme immediately provokes the thought of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Its metaphorical point is the reversal of expectation and situation, of value and judgment. When Jesus refused to attend to the wishes of the rich man first and instead tended to Lazarus, he illustrated a direct reversal in traditional value. Many people in the society of that time would have assumed Jesus would attend the man with more money first and foremost. However, Jesus did not fulfill these expectations, revealing that in the kingdom of God, or perhaps on the way to it, there is often a reversal in expectation.


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