- Paperback: 463 pages
- Publisher: IVP Academic; 02 edition (July 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830839674
- ISBN-13: 978-0830839674
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Interpreting the Parables 02nd Edition
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"This book is highly recommended. . . . All serious teachers and expositors of the parables should profit from this book."--David L. Turner, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
"This book is well written and meticulously researched, worth reading for its innumerable footnotes alone. It interacts with a wide range of literature of all shades."--David J. Graham, Glasgow Bible College
"It is good news when a good book on an important topic gets a new lease of life. Blomberg's book is lucid, well-informed and reliable, and I warmly welcome this new updated edition."--David Wenham, Trinity College, Bristol
"Craig Blomberg continues to swim strongly against the tide with his 'minority position' in parables studies. I think he makes as good a case as possible for his position that Jesus' parables are allegories, and in the course of his exposition of the individual parables usually ensures that there are some new insights even for interpreters who disagree with him. His updated discussion of the history of parable research, and his attention to recent developments in parable theory, will be welcomed by everyone."--Stanley E. Porter, president, dean and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
"This revised and expanded edition of Craig L. Blomberg's Interpreting the Parables is more than an accessible and reliable guide to the history of parable interpretation and the exegetical methods that have been applied to the parables in recent research. Blomberg's nuanced defense of allegory as a valid approach to parable interpretation is a worthwhile contribution to contemporary scholarship. His provocative contention that the parables of Jesus contain implicit Christological claims will be welcome to evangelical and other traditional Christian readers."--Mary Ann Beavis, Ph.D., professor of religion and culture, St. Thomas More College, Canada
About the Author
Craig L. Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. His books include
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That being said, it is far from being my favorite work on the parables, and I think, there are more helpful, thought-provoking works that have been written. In a graduate course on Christ's parables we used this as our standard text and were all a bit disappointed. After doing our own exegesis of the parable texts we often found Blomberg's assertions not compelling, especially when compared to the careful exegesis of Joachim Jeremias in his seminal and valuable (though somewhat outdated) work. Capon's work was also much more nuanced and critical, while still being challenging to our faith. It is also rather interesting that Blomberg spends much time disagreeing with Jeremias and his major influence, Adolf Jülicher, but my classmates and I often found that we agreed with Jülicher against Blomberg!
I would recommend this work for pastors who want an overview of the parables or for seminarians who want an evangelical introduction, but I'd go elsewhere (Jeremias, Capon, etc.) for deep, thoughtful exegesis and challenging, provocative interpretations of the parables themselves.