Best Scholarly Works on the Parables of Jesus

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Sep 20 2018 1:39 PM

My main interest is in the oral or written traditions that informed the parables of Jesus. A scholarly work that discusses these sources is the ideal work I'm interested in. And if it took each parable and discussed the sources this again be ideal. Any recommendations would be appreciated but Logos or A company would be the most favored. Thanks in advance.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 20 2018 2:33 PM

For a start, look at the reading lists

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 20 2018 4:54 PM

MJ. Smith:

For a start, look at the reading lists

Thanks, MJ 

I'll take a look and report back.

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Lew Worthington | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 20 2018 6:16 PM

I would check out Rediscovering the Parables by Jeremias. Its scholarship and perhaps its method are a bit dated, but it's a pretty important contribution.

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 20 2018 6:21 PM

I was able to come away with two prospects Re-imagine the World: An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus by Bernard Brandon Scott and A Rabbi Looks at Jesus' Parables by Frank Stern

Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 20 2018 6:26 PM

Lew Worthington:

I would check out Rediscovering the Parables by Jeremias. Its scholarship and perhaps its method are a bit dated, but it's a pretty important contribution.

I've acted on your word. Thanks, Lew!

Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.

International Standard Version. (2011). (Lk 2:52). Yorba Linda, CA: ISV Foundation.

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Sean | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 20 2018 8:08 PM

Lew Worthington:

I would check out Rediscovering the Parables by Jeremias. Its scholarship and perhaps its method are a bit dated, but it's a pretty important contribution.

This is a simplified version of his The Parables of Jesus, which unfortunately is not in Logos but is an outstanding work and fits what you are looking for.

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Roger Dittmar | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 20 2018 8:21 PM

Beloved:

I was able to come away with two prospects Re-imagine the World: An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus by Bernard Brandon Scott and A Rabbi Looks at Jesus' Parables by Frank Stern

Stern's book is also available here: https://ebooks.noet.com/products/151827/a-rabbi-looks-at-jesus-parables 

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Kevin Wang | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 20 2018 11:12 PM

Blomberg's Interpreting the Parables and Snodgrass' Stories with Intent have been recommended to me.  Stories with Intent now has a 2nd edition on Pre-Pub

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 21 2018 12:20 AM

This is two books in one, by Kenneth Bailey. I've read only Poet and Peasant, and it is excellent! Bailey spent 40 years living in the Middle East and got to know the ways of the peasants in those lands, for whom little has changed in life in 2000 years. So he reads the parables through that lens. He is a lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament studies.

Poet and Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke

Another one that's really good is this one, which is also multiple books in one (it combines The Parables of the Kingdom, The Parables of Grace, and The Parables of Judgment). It is more popular than scholarly, though.

Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus by Robert Farrar Capon.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 21 2018 1:38 AM

I have used Snodgrass' Stories with Intent extensively for research and confirm that it is really good. Meier's A Marginal Jew discusses all major aspects of the gospels, including parables. 

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 21 2018 5:59 AM

Unfortunately it isn't in Logos but MacArthur has a book on the Parables that I really enjoyed a few years back.

Otherwise I'd recommend the Parables of Jesus by Dwight Pentecost (which is in Logos)

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Kevin A Lewis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 21 2018 7:12 AM

Also is you want a more adventurous approach and one which takes a Jewish view in to perspective try

https://www.logos.com/product/5315/studies-in-talmud-and-midrash-collection

also I have found

Urim Publications: LEARNING TO READ MIDRASH

https://www.urimpublications.com/learning-to-read-midrash.htm Most helpful - if you apply these ideas to the parables of Jesus - you might be surprised at what you find. Shalom
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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 21 2018 2:28 PM

Thanks for all your replies got a lot to chew on now. Thanks!

Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 21 2018 3:52 PM

I would second Blomberg's Interpreting the Parables. It isn't primarily focused on source or form criticism, but I found it immensely helpful in providing an interpretive framework for thinking about the parables.

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Genghis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 23 2018 2:48 AM

Kevin A Lewis:

I've got this too:  Agreed.

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Al Het | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 25 2018 12:18 PM

Another vote for Blomberg's "Interpreting The Parables."  It really is a hallmark work on how to interpret the parables.  He gives a simple framework on how to understand several different styles of parables.  His work was ground-breaking, with what was a whole new paradigm at the time, some 25 years ago.  It received extremely high praise by scholars.  Once you see and understand how these parables work, the format that Blomberg observed is obvious, and the parables become very easy to understand, interpret, and teach.

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 13 2019 9:04 AM

Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus (2nd Ed.) will come out of pre-pub in less than a week.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 13 2019 1:52 PM

Lee:

I'm really looking forward to this one! I don't have the first edition but it looks like if you already have the 1st then this one probably isn't worth it.  The publisher site states:

"Winner of the 2009 Christianity Today Award for Biblical Studies, Stories with Intent offers pastors and students a comprehensive and accessible guide to Jesus' parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the historical context in which these stories were told, the part they played in Jesus' overall message, and the ways in which they have been interpreted in the church and the academy.

Snodgrass begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation and providing an overview of other parables—often neglected in the discussion—from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. He then groups the more important parables of Jesus thematically and offers a comprehensive treatment of each, exploring both background and significance for today. This tenth anniversary edition includes a substantial new chapter that surveys developments in the interpretation of parables since the book's original 2008 publication."

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