Re: [XTalk] Parable Bibliography
- Steve Black wrote:
> I remember a while ago someone mentioning newerSteve,
> approaches to parables that aren't as hostile to
> allegorical tendencies...
For up-to-date treatments of the parables, you should
read the following:
Herzog, William: Parables as Subversive Speech, 1994.
(Resists both allegory and polyvalency -- even
metaphor -- in arguing that the stories exposed evil
by holding it up to light.)
Hultgren, Arland: The Parables of Jesus, 2000. (A
rather confessional approach to all 38 parables --
treats some as allegories, some as Kingdom-stories,
some as behavior models, etc.)
Longenecker, Richard (editor): The Challenge of Jesus'
Parables, 2000. (Gives the allegorical school of
thought its fair due.)
Scott, Bernard Brandon: Hear Then the Parable, 1989.
(Metaphorical approach steeped in the tradition of
Funk and Crossan.)
Shillington, George (editor): Jesus and His Parables,
1998. (A few allegorical approaches, and others which
engage Herzog's work.)
Wenham, David: The Parables of Jesus, 1989.
(Interprets the stories against the backdrop of the
imminent Kingdom. Metaphor and allegory can be found
And note that John Meier promises to give an account
of the parables in volume 4 of the Anchor Bible's
Marginal Jew series. (The theme of that volume will be
"The Four Enigmas Jesus Posed and Was" -- (1) Jesus'
teachings on the law, (2) his parables, (3) his
various titles and self-designations, and (4) the
riddle of his death.) Of course, we have a while to
wait for this.
Loren Rosson III
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