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Product Details

  • Series: Jesus Seminar Series
  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Polebridge Press (September 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944344070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944344071
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert W. Funk is Director of the Westar Institute and founder of the Jesus Seminar. Bernard Brandon Scott is Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. James R. Butts served as a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alnitak on October 1, 2008
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I have thought that if a kernel of the Jesus story was true, then it would be found in the parables. This book is a brief overview of the parables, including those from Thomas, with some explanation of why scholars consider some of them to be more likely the genuine product of a sage. There are any revealing facts in this quick read, unburdened by zealous interpretation--exactly what I wanted. This book does not try to explain the parables--that problem is left to the readers as an exercise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dean P. Olson on January 10, 2014
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If one believes that some of the New Testament material comes from Jesus and a lot of the tradition does not (meaning it is the churches' interpretation (misinterpretation?) of his life and teachings, you will love this one. The parables, according to the scholars, are foundational, bedrock connection with what little we have and know of Jesus. All we basically have has come to us from the church. Some have a high level of trust in what has been passed on, others like me, do not. If you want an opinion that has no ecclesiastical connections and is an honest attempt to sort through the chaff for the wheat, this is it on the parables. I don't know if they have done it with tongue in cheek, but calling it a red letter addition is remembering the old bibles put out that put in red the words of Jesus (I do not recall if they put anything else in red). In the scholars version, much of what would have been red years ago is no longer red. They do this in the limited context of only the recorded parables. They also expand beyond the tried and true foursome of our "canonical" gospels and include all the other gospels (yes, there are many more) and high light in red when it rings true to their studies that "yes, we think this comes from Jesus." This might sound crazy, but it is a beginning for some of us to realize that yes, there is a difference between what he said and did and how he presently is being remembered in Christianity. The life and teachings of Jesus tend to be overshadowed by the death and resurrection the church is preoccupied by. These scholars have moved that shadow out of the way and allowed some really appreciated light to shine on these texts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Haye on September 8, 2014
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I will admit up front that I am not a Christian. However, I try to the best of my ability to be a follower of Jesus ( not Christ). To do this I need to know as accurately as possible what Jesus said and did and what Christians put in his mouth to make him someone he was not. In this regard having the study and research of many New Testament scholars, not just one, is invaluable. I wish other scholars, such as Bart Eherman would back up their opinions as well as the Jesus Seminar does.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Fulda on August 26, 2013
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The Jesus Seminar is a group of scholars who analyze the Gospels of the New Testament (as well as the relatively recent discovery of the Gospel of Thomas in 1945) by applying historical standards. To what degree can anyone be relatively certain that Jesus said something, or said something very like it, when Jesus only spoke orally and none of what he said was written down until long after his life? Why is a portrait of the historical Jesus necessary?

Please read "The Jesus Seminar and Its Critics" before you attempt this. Yes, you will find all of the methodology of the Seminar set forth in the beginning of "The Parables of Jesus" but I think you will be frustrated and annoyed without having the broader view of "The Jesus Seminar and Its Critics."
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