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The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation Hardcover – August, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565632443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565632448
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brad H. Young, Ph.D. Hebrew University, studied under David Flusser and is the author of Jesus and His Jewish Parables and The Jewish Background to the Lord's Prayer. He is the president and founder of the Gospel Research Foundation, which is committed to exploring the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, and is on the editorial board of the Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum.


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I will not say it is a bad book.
Timmy M.
This scholar knows how to write in a way for a theologian or lay person to understand.
Charles Ferrara
Just published, this book is a good read and an excellent resource for future study.
A. J. Valasek

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Valasek on January 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This author is quickly becoming one of my favorites. His study of the Second Temple Period along with his insighful parallels between Judaism and Christianity are worth more than gold in my opinion. In this book, Young examines Christ's parables from both the Jewish and Christian perspective. What I like about this book is that it helps the reader obtain the correct context of the readings, something that I push for with fervor. Just published, this book is a good read and an excellent resource for future study.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By shalom@haydid.org on December 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Recently Hendrickson's publisher took this book to a major book fair where it sold 5000 copies AND 5 seminaries picked it up as a textbook! Excellent for pastors and lay persons on teaching the parables of both the Jews and the Christians. A topic that most pastors never studied in seminiary from a Jewish perspective. A thorough examination of the topic and a presentation of new insights is presented in a very readable format. I highly recommend this book to our homeschooling families around the world!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By benjamin on November 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The main strength of this book is that it is an excellent resource for doing comparative studies between Jesus as presented in the Gospels and the Rabbis as presented in the Rabbinics. Each of Jesus' parables is put against the backdrop of similar parables told by different Rabbis in the Talmud and other Rabbinic writings. It's interesting to see the overlap between the two which is, at points, quite substantial.
Young is quite adamant in his view that Jesus must be dropped back into the world of second temple Judaism. While context does create meaning, the main fault that I have with Young's approach is that by using the Rabbinic writings as the main source of comparison, whole bodies of Jewish literature are overlooked (he does bring the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Pseudepigrapha in at points, but the bulk of the book deals with Jesus and the Rabbis). So, while there are strengths to this approach, there are also weaknesses; Rabbinic Judaism is hardly representative of the Judaisms of Jesus' day. Furthermore, Jesus wasn't a rabbi like Hillel or Akiba, so the usefulness of comparisons primarily between the Gospels and Rabbinics is further diminished.
Dr. Young also seems quite interested in debunking the allegorical interpretations of the parables of Jesus as taught by early church fathers such as Origen. While this may help to clear up the meanings of the prables from a historical perspective, is it really necessary to do so? One can teach accurate history without debunking the views of others. The result ends up being that Young comes across as rather argumentative and standoff-ish and overall it is just plain annoying to read.
I would recommend Young's book to anyone interested in a comparison between Jesus' parables and those of the Rabbis - in this area, Young hits the bull's eye. However, as a book about Jesus' parables where the goal is less to contrast and compare than to enlightend and educate, Young hits a little too left of center.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lane on April 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book! Brad Young does a wonderful job in presening his research on the parables of Jesus (Yeshua). He looks at each parable from many angels. He compares the traditional Jewish view on the subject, the traditional Church view and then his own conclusions and views. Each point is clearly marked with sources and authors so you can check out his research and conclusions. This is a high quality research book. Excellent book! Excellent research!

This book is one of my favorites and I consider it "priceless" in my collection.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Gainey on June 29, 2006
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Brad H. Young is a writer of great expertise and knowledge, which he has gained from decades of research. His teaching on the subject of parables will give a deeper and clearer understanding to all those who are searching for a better understanding of the world in which Jesus lived. For all of Young's work and investment in the minds and lives of those seeking a true understanding of the context of Jesus' teachings, he is to be commended. This is a fantastic book.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2000
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I have used this book as a resource in teaching an adult Sunday School class series on the parables of Jesus. It provides detail on the Jewish environment of Jesus' time and a perspective not found in the usual Bible study materials.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ferrara on February 25, 2008
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Dr. Brad Young was a professor of mine at ORU. He is a must read if you are going to be a serious student of the Bible. This scholar knows how to write in a way for a theologian or lay person to understand. His understanding of the languages of the Bible, the tradition, culture, history, etc., makes the pages of scripture explode with new meaning. I continue to regularly use his works to prepare sermons and Bible Studies. The Parables is one of his outstanding works. The reader will not be disappointed. Brad Young's writings should be on the shelf of every pastor's study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Surber on March 19, 2010
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I recently delivered a sermon on the parable of the prodigal son. With the added insight from this work I was able to flesh out new perspectives, Judaic perspectives, on the text. While we often read Western philosophical assumptions into the text, be we scholar, pastor, or otherwise, there is a wealth of information available with regard to the early context of the parables of Jesus in this book. This is an area of study long neglected by many but I am thankful for this and other resources like it which have reminded us of the roots and context of the Christian faith, the teachings of Jesus, and the meaning of His coming. Great tool. Great price.
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