Have anyone read the book "Interpreting Parables"?

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David Medina | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Oct 27 2013 1:10 PM

I am looking into purchasing the book "Interpreting Parables" by Craig L. Blomberg and would love to hear any reviews of the book. Thanks.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 1:34 PM

Although I have not studied it in detail I am pretty impressed with it in general. I think that it provides a great framework to look at biblical parables.

By the way, here is the link to this resource - https://www.logos.com/product/2956/interpreting-the-parables

Here is the Table of Contents:


1 Introduction

         1.1      The Scholarly Consensus

         1.2      The Minority Report

         1.3      Newest Developments

         1.4      The Scope and Outline of This Book

Part One: Methods & Controversies in Interpreting the Parables

2 Parable & Allegory

         2.1      The Current Debate: Two Main Approaches

         2.1.1      Parable vs. Allegory

         2.1.2      Parable as Allegory

         2.2      Evaluating the Debate

         2.2.1      Contemporary Literary Criticism

         2.2.2      The Rabbinic Parables

         2.3      Conclusions

3 Form Criticism & the Parables

         3.1      Classical Form Criticism

         3.1.1      The Method

         3.1.2      Critique

         3.2      Hypotheses of the “Guarded Tradition”

         3.2.1      Memorizing Jesus’ Teachings

         3.2.2      New Insights into Oral Folklore

         3.3      Conclusions

4 Redaction Criticism of the Parables

         4.1      Positive Contributions

         4.1.1      The Illustration of Distinctive Themes

         4.1.2      The Significance of the Larger Contexts

         4.2      Invalid Allegations

         4.2.1      Misleading Parallels

         4.2.2      Dictional Analysis

         4.2.3      The Theology-History Dichotomy

         4.2.4      Prophecy after the Event

           p 4  4.2.5      Characterizing the Parables in Different Synoptic Sources

         4.2.6      Mistaking Stylistic for Theological Redaction

         4.2.7      Misrepresenting the Theology of an Evangelist

         4.3      Conclusions

5 New Literary & Hermeneutical Methods

         5.1      The New Hermeneutic

         5.1.1      The New View of Metaphor

         5.1.2      A Critique of the New View of Metaphor

         5.2      Structuralism

         5.2.1      The Ideology

         5.2.2      The Method

         5.2.3      Surface Structures

         5.3      Poststructuralism

         5.3.1      Deconstruction

         5.3.2      Reader-Response Criticism

         5.4      Other Methods

         5.5      Conclusions

Conclusions to Part One

Part Two: The Meaning & Significance of Individual Parables

6 Simple Three-Point Parables

         6.1      The Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11–32)

         6.2      The Lost Sheep and Lost Coin (Lk 15:4–10; cf. Mt 18:12–14)

         6.3      The Two Debtors (Lk 7:41–43)

         6.4      The Two Sons (Mt 21:28–32)

         6.5      Faithful and Unfaithful Servants (Lk 12:42–48; Mt 24:45–51)

         6.6      The Ten Virgins (Mt 25:1–13)

         6.7      The Wheat and the Tares (Mt 13:24–30, 36–43)

         6.8      The Dragnet (Mt 13:47–50)

         6.9      The Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19–31)

         6.10      The Children in the Marketplace (Mt 11:16–19; Lk 7:31–35)

         6.11      Conclusions

7 Complex Three-Point Parables

         7.1      The Talents (Mt 25:14–30; cf. Lk 19:12–27)

         7.2      The Laborers in the Vineyard (Mt 20:1–16)

         7.3      The Sower (Mk 4:3–9, 13–20 pars.)

         7.4      The Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25–37)

           p 5  7.5      The Great Supper (Lk 14:15–24; cf. Mt 22:1–14)

         7.6      The Unforgiving Servant (Mt 18:23–35)

         7.7      The Unjust Steward (Lk 16:1–13)

         7.8      The Wicked Tenants (Mk 12:1–12 pars.)

         7.9      Conclusions

8 Two-Point & One-Point Parables

         8.1      Two-Point Parables

         8.1.1      The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Lk 18:9–14)

         8.1.2      The Two Builders (Mt 7:24–27; Lk 6:47–49)

         8.1.3      The Unprofitable Servant (Lk 17:7–10)

         8.1.4      The Seed Growing Secretly (Mk 4:26–29)

         8.1.5      The Rich Fool (Lk 12:16–21)

         8.1.6      The Barren Fig Tree (Lk 13:6–9)

         8.1.7      The Unjust Judge (Lk 18:1–8)

         8.1.8      The Friend at Midnight (Lk 11:5–8)

         8.1.9      The Householder and the Thief (Mt 24:43–44; Lk 12:39–40)

         8.2      One-Point Parables

         8.2.1      The Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Price (Mt 13:44–46)

         8.2.2      The Tower Builder and the Warring King (Lk 14:28–33)

         8.2.3      The Mustard Seed and Leaven (Lk 13:18–21 pars.)

         8.2.4      Other Passages

         8.3      Conclusions

9 The Theology of the Parables: The Kingdom & the Christ

         9.1      Classification

         9.2      Kingdom Theology

         9.2.1      Present vs. Future

         9.2.2      Reign vs. Realm

         9.2.3      Personal Transformation vs. Social Reform

         9.2.4      The Kingdom and Israel

         9.3      Christology

         9.3.1      Explicit Christology?

         9.3.2      Implicit Christology Indirectly Expressed?

         9.3.3      Implicit Christology Directly Expressed

         9.4      Conclusions

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Wild Eagle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 1:43 PM

David Medina:

I am looking into purchasing the book "Interpreting Parables" by Craig L. Blomberg and would love to hear any reviews of the book. Thanks.

Thank you for raising this question! I was thinking about it too...

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Steve Farson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 2:23 PM

Can note he is a very special teacher of the NT here at Denver Seminary.

Would also note the "Interpreting the Parables" here at Logos is a 1990 version.  There is a 2012 version at Amazon/Kindle.  More content, more parables, and updates.  There is also a 2004 "Preaching the Parables" at Amazon/Kindle.

Would like to see his scholarly work updated here, or even made available, like "From Pentecost to Patmos", but my posts supporting this haven't gained much traction. Sad

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 7:22 PM

Steve Farson:

Can note he is a very special teacher of the NT here at Denver Seminary.

Would also note the "Interpreting the Parables" here at Logos is a 1990 version.  There is a 2012 version at Amazon/Kindle.  More content, more parables, and updates.  There is also a 2004 "Preaching the Parables" at Amazon/Kindle.

Would like to see his scholarly work updated here, or even made available, like "From Pentecost to Patmos", but my posts supporting this haven't gained much traction. Sad

Yes, I second that.  Now I don't want to buy the 1990 version.  I'm going to wait for Logos to catch this and produce the 2012 updated version.  I was a split second away from getting it last Friday, but decided to wait and now that I'm reading there is a new version, I'm waiting instead.

DAL

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David Medina | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 7:26 PM

Yes, I was looking the new 2012 version at Amazon and not at Logos.

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