Puzzling the Parables of Jesus Paperback

Methods and Interpretation

by Ruben Zimmermann;

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Puzzling the Parables of Jesus

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Modern scholarship on the parables has long been preoccupied with asking what Jesus himself said and what he intended to accomplish with his parables. Ruben Zimmermann moves beyond that agenda to explore the dynamics of parabolic speech in all its rich complexity. Introductory chapters address the history of research and distinguish historical from literary and reader-oriented approaches, then set out a postmodern hermeneutic that analyzes narrative elements and context, maps the sociohistorical background, explores stock metaphors and symbols, and opens up contemporary horizons of interpretation. Subsequent chapters then focus on one parable from early Christian sources (Q, Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, and the Gospel of Thomas) to explore how parables function in each literary context. Over all reigns the principle that the meaning or theological "message" of a parable cannot be extracted from the parabolic form; thus the parables continue to invite hearers' and readers' involvement to the present day.

Puzzling the Parables of Jesus by Ruben Zimmermann was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in December 2015. The ISBN for Puzzling the Parables of Jesus is 9780800699758.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (December 2015)
Number of Pages208
Thickness30 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4342772
Page last updated 5th November 2017
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