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.
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 29 days 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 1 month ago by Alan McCall
I have no idea what anyone else is seeing here. The first chapter had so many disjointed connections I returned the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevster
I had such high hopes; I ended up disappointed. While Crossan does offer some insights which make this book worth reading, overall there are just so many logical leaps and unproven... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Novice Monk
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 6 months ago by Matt Gunter