Item description for Parables as Poetic Fictions: The Creative Voice of Jesus by Charles W. Hedrick, Jr....
Contending that Jesus' narrative parables are more poetic than metaphoric, Charles Hedrick argues that parables should be understood solely on their own terms and not on the terms of the Gospel writers' contexts into which they have been placed or of the agendas of the later church. Hedrick charts new territory as he dares readers to recover the "imaginative fiction" of Jesus' parables. Hedrick's dissatisfaction with figurative and metaphorical approaches or approaches that argue for a particular "meaning" or a "single interpretation" especially those attempting to tie a parable's meaning to the "kingdom of God" diverges sharply from the modern consensus and breaks new ground in parable studies.
"Jesus told parables. Gospel writers give them diverse readings. Modern exegetes give them even more diverse readings. Hedrick chronicles both diversities and then poses a new question. How would those parables, precisely as poetic but realistic stories, have sounded to Jesus' first hearers 'in the context of Israel's fictions about itself'? His book emphasizes original audience reaction, and its signal achievement is to have said something new, interesting, and provocative in the very crowded field of parables research." " John Dominic Crossan, Professor of Biblical Studies, De Paul University
"Charles Hedrick's "Parables as Poetic Fictions" places the story character of Jesus' parables at the center of attention. His innovative use of Aristotle's poetics pioneers the place of sound in the structuring of the parables and provides a way of understanding how the story is organized. This book must be on the shelf of anyone interested in the parables." " Bernard Brandon Scott, DarbethDistinguished Professor of New Testament, Phillips Graduate Seminary
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 7.22" Height: 0.68" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1597523976 ISBN13 9781597523974
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More About Charles W. Hedrick, Jr.
Charles W. Hedrick is professor of religious studies and distinguished scholar at Southwest Missouri State University. He is the author of "Parables as Poetic Fictions" and is the volume editor for "Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, XIII."
Charles W. Hedrick currently resides in the state of Missouri. Charles W. Hedrick was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, Santa Cruz.