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Product Details

  • Series: Eagle Books
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Polebridge Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944344224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944344224
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acquaintance with the book will be imperative for all contemporary study of the parables. -- Amos N. Wilder

About the Author

John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, DePaul University in Chicago, and Co-chair of the Jesus Seminar, 1989–1996.

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John D. Crossan is generally acknowledged to be the premier historical Jesus scholar in the world. His books include The Historical Jesus, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, and Who Killed Jesus? He recently appeared in the PBS special "From Jesus to Christ."

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Jacques D'Aoust on August 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
John Dominic Crossan stands in my mind as one of the most lucid, honest, and forthright biblical scholar of our day. His many publications testify to his integrity and extensive scholarship. I did not read this book when it was first publishd in 1973, but have had the good fortune of having a good friend, the retired rector of an Episcopal church, donate me this book. Since I have read most of the lastest publications of Crossan, I find in this one the same sound interpretation of the parables of Jesus. This is not only a commentary, but a scholarly introduction to the literary genre that the historical Jesus employed to convey the core of his message, which is so often completely misunderstood. I recommend this book very highly to anyone who shares the new understanding of the historical Jesus, so well explored by the Westar Institute.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ransom on December 12, 2000
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I am a new-comer to Jesus scholarship and so what I say is not as an expert but merely as an appreciative reader. What I found especially valuable about this brief but excellent study was the interdisciplinary elements that Crossan brought to bear on his subject. In order to help us hear what Jesus is up to, Crossan brings in very useful insights from poets and philosophers. These, along with Crossan's very suggestive readings of Jesus' parables, make this a book one could ponder for quite a while. As with poems, the brevity of this book masks a lot of depth.
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By Dean P. Olson on January 10, 2014
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Clear, makes sense and powerful scholarly book that opens up the parable's way of inviting us to experience what Jesus called "the kingdom of God" and what Crossan calls "God's Advent." Much, much more is going on in the parables than either the early Christian community understood, let alone all the varied paths they have been skewed off on by contemporary interpretations. Just look up "meaning of parable" to get a Whitman sampler. Crossan sees them in literary sense (which they are; they are stories) as listeners having the rug yanked out from under them, having their world turned upside down, experiencing polar reversals. That this is experiencing the inbreaking, the Advent of God. This is the Treasure, the Pearl and it comes without any other explanation either by Jesus or today by Crossan, as what it comes then to mean for the listener, with new eyes, is unique to each. If this resonates with you, also read his other books on parables, like Raid on the Articulate, The Dark Interval and The Power of Parable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Murphy on June 25, 2012
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Crossan's "In Parables" is a bit of a lift for readers new to theological questions but is well worth the effort in the end.
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