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The Power of Parable by John Dominic Crossan
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it was amazing

Biblical scholar John Crossan looks into the role and format of parable in the Jewish culture and scripture traditions, as well as mishnah and Talmud. He compares these findings with parables in the broader cultural context of ancient history, and discerns the uses of and formats of parables in eastern, Mediterranean and modern European cultutre.

This is a very practical study, but very satisfying as a scholarly exercise, as well. Crossan provides powerful and meaningful insights into the meaning and import of the parables Jesus used in his teachings and how the Jewish and Gentile Gospel writers used these parables of Jesus in their testimonies to him as the Messiah.

In this process he also provides insights into the identiy of Gospel writers, their communities and the events of the particular time in the Roman Empire in which, and events that provide the context and audiences to whom they directed their Gospels. His love of the Scriptures and the message of Jesus are clear in his enthusiastic study here.

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Reading Progress

July 3, 2018 – Started Reading
July 10, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 7, 2019 – Shelved

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