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Speaking Parables [Paperback]

By David Buttrick (Author)
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From beginning to end these pages ask preachers to broaden and revise their understandings of parables and to abandon the ways they have proclaimed the parables. The preacher and congregation together can expect to find a mysterious God that will not be domesticated and a vision of a changed world that will both indict and inspire. Buttrick had developed a way of helping a preacher move from parable scenario to sermon.

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David Buttrick provides an introduction to the parables with a discussion of particular homiletical issues preachers face in interpreting parables. "Speaking Parables" includes commentary on thirty-three different parables with suggestions for preaching each one.

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Speaking Parables by David Buttrick has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 10/25/2000 page 1089

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664221912  
ISBN13  9780664221911  

Availability  120 units.
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More About David Buttrick

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Buttrick is Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor Emeritusof Homiletics and Liturgics at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of many books, including "Preaching the New and the Now" and "Speaking Jesus", both published by WJK.

David Buttrick currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. David Buttrick was born in 1927.

David Buttrick has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Liberation of Preaching

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Buttrick scores one more time  Sep 5, 2000
Arguably David Buttrick is the finest homilitician in the United States. His latest book, Speaking Parables, is a marvelous, no-nonsense map for this preacher. Being able to review Rev. Buttrick's homilies is fascinating and encouraging. However the chapter on the Mysterious Kingdom of God is worth the price of the book! Cogent, insightful and laid out in a refreshing manner, Rev. Buttrick moves the busy pastor through a minefield without even a scratch.
Required reading!  Jul 9, 2000
This book presents a rethinking of the way we approach the parables of Jesus. They are not trite morality tales, nor are they pedantic sermon illustrations. While some scholarship has claimed that they are stories of everyday life, parables are far more ambiguous and surreal; they make us uncomfortable with our images of God and our understandings of society.

This book is in two parts. The first, shorter one explains the parables in general. Buttrick describes the background of parables and how they stand within a rich tradition of Jewish rhetoric and theology. He criticizes individualistic interpretations, and provides some alternatives which make Jesus' words seem much more compelling. He also provides a mini-handbook on preaching parables, some of which readers of his earlier _Homiletic_ will recognize, but which stands out as an especially good way to approach the telling of parables.

The second part, the larger section of the book, is a parable-by-parable analysis. Buttrick's exegesis is not only good, it's a fun read. With some parables he provides sample sermons and critiques which are enjoyable lessons in sermon construction themselves. As in _Homiletic_, it is easy to notice how tightly interwoven are Buttrick's theory of preaching, his theological perspective, and his approach to Biblical interpretation. This is "Worldly Preaching" at its best.


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