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The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation Hardcover – August, 1998
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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.
This book is one of my favorites and I consider it "priceless" in my collection.
This is a very scholarly great book. That is very easy to understand because Brad (I've met him) DOES NOT write like a professor or academic (even though he is very educated).
Get any of his books, you'll be challenged not just intellectually but challenged to walk out Jesus even more depth.
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Great book on the relationship of the famous parables taught by Jesus and Jewish tradition. Great book, easy, enjoyable read.Published 3 months ago by Joshua Moore
Brad is always fascinating and informative and if we would just take off our glasses of tradition the church could learn a lot.Published on February 7, 2014 by Miss Ginny
The author of this book is commended for sharing the main purpose of our Lord's parables; which is to teach the same message as the rabbinic parables, the truth of the Torah. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by guitarman-55
This book is a great start to help square yourself against the centuries of misinterpretation of Jesus' message, because of the missing components of Jewish tradition and culture... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by illumina
Every Christian, leader or not, needs to read Brad young's works. His research and discussion is a stark wake up call to the reality of Western Christianity's sanitized/non-Jewish... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Troy Sonnleitner
I want to start off by saying that I found many things which this author explained helpful, but I can't ignore the fact that this book largely ignores, and at times de-glorifies... Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Lawrence E. Purvis
Im sorry I have to be honest...and I mean no offense to the author. This book starts off mostly describing what a parable is and in a very drawn out way describing the different... Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Timmy M.
If you have interest in the topic, this book is a must read. Each of the major parables in the New Testament is examined, with Young placing the reader in the framework that the... Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Edward J. Barton