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.
Review of: John Dominic Crossan, The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus. Harper Collins, 2012
Begins by discussing history vs. parable. Read more
The author takes you through an alternative lens of interpretation and insight regarding the gospel stories and the parables within them. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Matt Gunter
When I bought the book “The Power of Parable” by J. D. Crossan, I vaguely expected an interpretative compendium on the parables in the New Testament. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arbor
I'm rapidly becoming a huge fan of this Irish rebel with a cause. He is sincere and as dedicated to seeking the truth as ever an inquisitive soul could be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert J. Reilly
I do not see how anyone can say they understand the New Testament if they have not read this book. It's like buying a record and reading the cover describing the artists and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy G. Mccoy
As always, Crossan's books open new vistas to read and understand the Bible.Published 3 months ago by Ediberto Lopez
John Dominic Crossan has studied and written much about the historical Jesus. Many consider him to be the leading scholar in that field. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ray Lambert / coolambar