Tuesday, May 02, 2006

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The quest for the historical Jesus has founded research in studies of the Old Testament, New Testament, miracle stories, and most importantly parables. The parable stories give foundation to the wisdom of Jesus' words and his true meaning. While an individual can debate each parable story and its ethics, the final parallel to the kingdom of God and the law of loving neighbor, self, God is evident. The parables of Jesus have one essential purpose: they seek to draw one into the Kingdom, and they challenge us as individuals to act and to live from the gift which is experienced therein (82). John Dominic Crossan studies the parables in relation to three primary themes: advent, reversal, and action.
The form of Jesus' parables correlates to three primary categories: allegory, metaphor, and expression. Allegory remains one of the strongest parallels to Jesus' parables. An allegory usually interprets the parable as a story in figurative language whose several points refer to some other event which is both concealed and revealed in the narration (8). The parables also exist as literature that place special emphases to the world of poetic metaphor (10). Metaphor in poetry may appear confusing at times, but in the world of Jesus' parables, they need not be. Metaphors exist as a prime form of illustration. A metaphor can articulate a topic so new or so alien that this topic can only be grasped within the metaphor itself (13). Metaphors are often used in parables because they seek to express what is permanently and not just temporarily inexpressible. Expression in Jesus' parables is an area that readers should look for. For example, is the parable a simple narrative or is it didactic?


Blogger Dennis Herman said...


Thousands of people comment on the parables. Less than .01% know how to study a parable. Why did Jesus say, "if you know this parable you will know all parables." The above link will show a site teaching how to study parables, based on the Bible.

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