Interpreting the Parables

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 20, 2009 - Religion - 333 pages
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The classic works of C. H. Dodd and Joachim Jeremias set the direction for nearly all further parable studies in this century. Embodied in both scholar's approaches are at least two assumptions that, for the most part, have gone unchallenged: (1) Parables make one and only one main point. (2) They are not allegories. But can these assumptions be supported by the evidence? In this introductory text, Craig Blomberg surveys and evaluates contemporary critical approaches to the parables, challenging the prevailing consensus and making his own important new contribution to parable studies. Within proper definitions and limits, he argues, the parables are in fact best seen as allegories. In support of his thesis, he not only sets forth theoretical considerations but devotes attention to all the major parables, providing brief interpretations that highlight the insights to be gained from his distinctive method. A concluding chapter examines the implications of the parables for Christology and our understanding of the kingdom of God. This groundbreaking book will be of value not only to students but to pastors and other serious readers of Scripture.
 

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Contents

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2430 3643
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1931
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1619 Lk 73135
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611 Conclusions
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Complex ThreePoint Parables
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1430 cf Lk 191227
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221 Contemporary Literary Criticism
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222 The Rabbinic Parables
58
23 Conclusions
68
Form Criticism the Parables
71
31 Classical Form Criticism
72
312 Critique
75
32 Hypotheses of the Guarded Tradition
94
321 Memorizing Jesus Teachings
95
322 New Insights into Oral Folklore
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33 Conclusions
98
Redaction Criticism of the Parables
101
41 Positive Contributions
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411 The Illustration of Distinctive Themes
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412 The Significance of the Larger Contexts
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42 Invalid Allegations
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422 Dictional Analysis
119
424 Prophecy after the Event
120
425 Characterizing the Parables in Different Synoptic Sources
121
426 Mistaking Stylistic for Theological Redaction
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427 Misrepresenting the Theology of an Evangelist
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43 Conclusions
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New Literary Hermeneutical Methods
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51 The New Hermeneutic
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511 The New View of Metaphor
136
512 A Critique of the New View of Metaphor
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52 Structuralism
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521 The Ideology
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522 The Method
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523 Surface Structures
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53 Poststructuralism
152
531 Deconstruction
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532 ReaderResponse Criticism
155
54 Other Methods
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55 Conclusions
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Conclusions to Part One
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Simple ThreePoint Parables
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1132
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410 cf Mt 181214
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4143
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2832
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4248 Mt 244551
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39 1320 pars
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2537
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1524 cf Mt 22114
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2335
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113
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112 pars
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79 Conclusions
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TwoPoint OnePoint Parables
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81 TwoPoint Parables
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2427 Lk 64749
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710
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2629
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1621
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4344 Lk 123940
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82 OnePoint Parables
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2833
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1821 pars
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824 Other Passages
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83 Conclusions
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The Theology of the Parables The Kingdom the Christ
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91 Classification
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92 Kingdom Theology
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921 Present vs Future
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922 Reign vs Realm
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923 Personal Transformation vs Social Reform
305
924 The Kingdom and Israel
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93 Christology
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931 Explicit Christology?
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932 Implicit Christology Indirectly Expressed?
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933 Implicit Christology Directly Expressed
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94 Conclusions
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Conclusions to Part Two
325
Author Index
329
Scripture Index
334
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Craig L. Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. His books include Interpreting the Parables, Neither Poverty nor Riches, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel, commentaries on Matthew and 1 Corinthians, Making Sense of the New Testament: 3 Crucial Questions and Preaching the Parables.

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