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In 1969, I was teaching at two seminaries in the Chicago area. One of my courses was on the parables by Jesus and the other was on the resurrection stories about Jesus. I had observed that the parabolic stories by Jesus seemed remarkably similar to the resurrection stories about Jesus. Were the latter intended as parables just as much as the former? Had we been reading parable, presuming history, and misunderstanding both?
—from The Power of Parable
So begins the quest of renowned Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan as he unlocks the true meanings and purposes of parable in the Bible so that modern Christians can respond genuinely to Jesus's call to fully participate in the kingdom of God. In The Power of Parable, Crossan examines Jesus's parables and identifies what he calls the "challenge parable" as Jesus's chosen teaching tool for gently urging his followers to probe, question, and debate the ideological absolutes of religious faith and the presuppositions of social, political, and economic traditions.
Moving from parables by Jesus to parables about Jesus, Crossan then presents the four gospels as "megaparables." By revealing how the gospels are not reflections of the actual biography of Jesus but rather (mis)interpretations by the gospel writers themselves, Crossan reaffirms the power of parables to challenge and enable us to co-create with God a world of justice, love, and peace.
Great read. Very insightful and Crossan explains his writing and thinking very well.Published 3 months ago by Heather Davis
A fascinating view of many Bible passages as parable. Crossan defines the following parable types: riddle, example, challenge and attack. Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. D. Brown
I would recommend it I found this study very interesting and believable. It also highlights ancient history, differences between the Gospels,Consistent with his other works on the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen Braun
An excellent book for my men's group of 18.....we read aloud and raise questions....and disagree/agree with Fr. Cross each other. Great discussion material.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Greekpoet
Fantastic book. Full of interesting surprises that illuminate a lifetime of questions for me by making semse of these stories written to be heard and understood by a 1st century... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alan McCall