Interpreting the Parables

ISBN-10: 0830839674
ISBN-13: 9780830839674
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
Author(s): Craig L. Blomberg
Description: In the last century, more studies of the parables were produced than for any other section of comparable length in the Bible. The problem is that few students of the Bible have access to these studies. In this substantially new and expanded edition,  More...
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright Year: 2012
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 7/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 463
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

In the last century, more studies of the parables were produced than for any other section of comparable length in the Bible. The problem is that few students of the Bible have access to these studies. In this substantially new and expanded edition, Craig Blomberg surveys and evaluates the contemporary critical approaches to the parables--including those that have emerged in the twenty years since the first edition was published.The classic works of C. H. Dodd and Joachim Jeremias set the direction for nearly all further parable studies in this century. Embodied in both scholars' approaches are at least two assumptions that, for the most part, have gone unchallenged: (1) Parables make one and only one main point. (2) Parables are not allegories. But can these assumptions be supported by the evidence?Challenging this view and making his own important new contribution to parable studies, Blomberg argues that within proper definitions and limits, the parables are in fact best seen as allegories. In support of this "minority report" concerning parable interpretation, Blomberg not only sets forth theoretical considerations but devotes attention to all the major parables, providing brief interpretations that highlight the insights to be gained from his distinctive method.

Craig L. Blomberg was born in Illinois. He received his B. A. from Augusta College, an M. A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Aberdeen University in Scotland. Blomberg was an assistant professor of religion at Palm Beach Atlantic College, a research fellow in the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in England, and is currently a professor with the Denver Seminary. His books include Interpreting the Parables, and How Wide the Divide?: A Mormon and Evangelical in Conversation.

Abbreviations of Periodicals
Preface
Introduction
The Previous Scholarly Consensus
The Sizable Minority Report
Newest Developments
The Scope and Outline of This Book
Methods & Controversies in Interpreting the Parables
Parable & Allegory
The Current Debate: Two Main Approaches
Parable vs. Allegory
Parable as Allegory
Evaluating the Debate
Contemporary Literary Criticism
The Rabbinic Parables
Conclusions
Form Criticism & the Parables
Classical Form Criticism
The Method
Critique
Hypotheses of the "Guarded Tradition"
Memorizing Jesus' Teachings
New Insights into Oral Folklore and Social Memory
Conclusions
Redaction Criticism of the Parables
Positive Contributions
The Illustration of Distinctive Themes
The Significance of the Larger Contexts
Invalid Allegations
Misleading Parallels
Dictional Analysis
The Theology-History Dichotomy
Prophecy After the Event
Characterizing the Parables in Different Synoptic Sources
Mistaking Stylistic for Theological Redaction
Misrepresenting the Theology of an Evangelist
Conclusions
New Literary & Hermeneutical Methods
The New Hermeneutic
The New View of Metaphor
A Critique of the New View of Metaphor
Structuralism
The Ideology
The Method
Surface Structures
Poststructuralism/Postmodernism
Deconstruction
Reader-Response Criticism
Other Literary Approaches
Sociological Approaches.
Conclusions
Conclusions to Part One
The Meaning & Significance of Individual Parables
Simple Three-Point Parables
The Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32)
The Lost Sheep and Lost Coin (Lk 15:4-10; cf. Mt 18:12-14)
The Two Debtors (Lk 7:41-43)
The Two Sons (Mt 21:28-32)
Faithful and Unfaithful Servants (Lk 12:42-48; Mt 24:45-51)
The Ten Virgins (Mt 25:1-13)
The Wheat and the Tares (Mt 13:24-30, 36-43)
The Dragnet (Mt 13:47-50)
The Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31)
The Children in the Marketplace (Mt 11:16-19; Lk 7:31-35)
Conclusions
Complex Three-Point Parables
The Talents (Mt 25:14-30; cf.Lk 19:12-27)
The Laborers in the Vineyard (Mt 20:1-16)
The Sower (Mk 4:3-9,13-20 pars.)
The Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37)
The Great Supper (Lk 14:15-24; cf. Mt 22:1-14)
The Unforgiving Servant (Mt 18:23-35)
The Unjust Steward (Lk 16:1-13)
The Wicked Tenants (Mk 12:1-12 pars.)
Conclusions
Two-Point & One-Point Parables
Two-Point Parables
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Lk 18:9-14)
The Two Builders (Mt 7:24-27; Lk 6:47-49)
The Unprofitable Servant (Lk 17:7-10)
The Seed Growing Secretly (Mk 4:26-29)
The Rich Fool (Lk 12:16-21)
The Barren Fig Tree (Lk 13:6-9)
The Unjust Judge (Lk 18:1-8)
The Friend at Midnight (Lk 11:5-8)
The Householder and the Thief (Mt 24:43-44; Lk 12:39-40)
One-Point Parables
The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price (Mt 13:44-46)
The Tower Builder and the Warring King (Lk 14:28-33)
The Mustard Seed and the Leaven (Lk 13:18-21 pars.)
Other Passages
The Sheep and the Goats (Mt 25:31-46)
Shorter Metaphors
Conclusions
The Theology of the Parables: The Kingdom & the Christ
Classification
Kingdom Theology
Present vs. Future
Reign vs. Realm
Personal Transformation vs. Social Reform
The Kingdom and Israel
Christology
Explicit Christology?
Implicit Christology Indirectly Expressed?
Implicit Christology Directly Expressed
Conclusions
Conclusions to Part Two
Name Index
Scripture Index

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