The Power of Parable Paperback
How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus
by John Dominic Crossan;
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The Power of Parable
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In this perceptive and provocative new look at the Gospels, John Dominic Crossan begins by observing that the parabolic stories told by Jesus seem remarkably similar to the resurrection stories about Jesus. 'Where the latter intended as parable just as much as the former?' he asks.
Could it be that we have been reading parables, presuming them to be history,m and misunderstanding both? In other words, could Jesus; use of parables have inspired the Gospel writers to create meaningful, metaphorical stories about Jesus to help them explain who he really was?
"John Dominic Crossan has done it again ... His innovative presentation of how Jesus told stories about God's Kingdom and how the Gospel authors told stories about jesus offer a brilliant new way of looking at the parable and metaphor in the Gospels and in the life of Jesus of Nazareth." - Marvin W. Meyer, Professor of Bible and Christian Studies, Chapman University, and author of 'The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus'.
"A remarkable and important book for Christians and for all who seek to understand the Bible better ... Crossan combines his customary literary and historical brilliance with fresh insights that illuminate not only the parables of Jesus but much of the Bible as a whole." - Marcus J. Borg, Canon Theologian at Trinity Cathedral Portland, Oregon, and author of 'Speaking Christian'.
The Power of Parable by John Dominic Crossan was published by SPCK in May 2012 and is our 63934th best seller. The ISBN for The Power of Parable is 9780281068111.
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The Power of ParableJoan van Emden, via The Good Book Stall
John Dominic Crossan is a name to conjure with, and in this book he gives us his typically challenging view of parables, not just the familiar ones from Our Lord's teaching, but also stories we might not have seen in this way before. The Book of Ruth, for instance, is viewed as a prolonged parable intended to upset the reader's prejudices: the Law says that no Moabite may be part of the People of God; a Moabite woman is shown to be the ancestress of David and indeed of the Messiah himself. So much for Israelite (our) exclusivity!
So, in what he calls 'challenge' parables, as opposed to his other categories of 'riddle' and 'example' parables, Crossan stresses that readers are made to radically re-think their too easily-accepted attitudes.
The subtitle of the book is How fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus. After a central interlude about how Caesar crossing the Rubicon moved from history to myth (parable), Crossan moves on to look at events in Jesus' life which, he asserts, are parable rather than historical fact. He may perhaps over-play his hand at times, but there are fascinating and challenging insights to be found here, not least the changing perspective on Rome through the Synoptic Gospels / Acts. In conclusion, Crossan discusses the evidence available for Our Lord's human existence, showing that he was fact rather than himself a figure in a parable.
Crossan writes in an attractive personal style, with comments from his own life experience, and so makes the book an appealing read for open-minded lay Christians.
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Details for The Power of Parable
|Author / Artist||John Dominic Crossan|
|Publisher||SPCK (May 2012)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||22nd December 2015|