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Overview Stories with Intent offers pastors and students an accessible and comprehensive guide to Jesus' parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores the context in which these stories were told, the purpose they had in Jesus' message, and the way that they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship. Snodgrass begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation. He offers both a new, more functional classification system for parables and guidelines for interpreting parables. Then he provides an overview of other parables - often neglected in the discussion - from the Old Testament, early Judaism, the Greco-Roman world, and later Judaism. The remaining chapters group the longer and more important parables of Jesus thematically and give a comprehensive treatment of each, including background and significance for modern thought. Stories with Intent is a perfect text for those who wish to delve more deeply into Christ's parables.
Publishers Description Stories with Intent offers pastors and students an accessible and comprehensive guide to Jesus? parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the context in which these stories were told, the purpose they had in Jesus? message, and the ways they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship. While holding a consciously evangelical approach, Snodgrass deals throughout with a broad spectrum of opinions and interpretations.
He begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation. Offering both a new, more functional classification system for Jesus? parables and guidelines for interpreting them, he provides an overview of other parables ? often neglected in the discussion ? from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. The remaining chapters group the longer and more important parables of Jesus thematically and give a comprehensive treatment of each, including background and significance for today.
Awards and Recognitions Stories With Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus by Klyne R. Snodgrass has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2009 Winner - Biblical Studies category
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN 0802842410 ISBN13 9780802842411
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More About Klyne R. Snodgrass
Klyne Snodgrass (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is professor of biblical literature and holder of the Paul W. Brandel Chair of New Testament Studies at North Park Theological Seminary. Klyne Snodgrass es profesor de Nuevo Testamento en North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinlois.
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A Very Good Study in the Parables Apr 5, 2010
I enjoyed this book. It provides an in-depth study of the textual, literary, cultural, and historical aspects of each of the 31 parables it treats to guide thoughtful interpretation. For each parable several relevant questions are posed and subsequently answered in some detail, with a final section on applying the parable. Overall I would say that this detailed study shed light on the meaning of the parables and I found that for the most part I agreed with the interpretation provided by the author. I was personally challenged on several occasions by the message and application of these parables. This book is strong on the in-depth aspects of the parables, providing many parallel texts ("primary source material") from the culture of that time period (rabbinic, Greek, roman, deuterocanonical, apocryphal). I didn't appreciate the use of endnotes rather than footnotes (causing much flipping back and forth), and I think it would have been helpful to have the text(s) of the parables printed at the beginning of each chapter (causing 2 open books at one time). Within the 846 pages, the study of the parables is about 500 pages, the rest being intro, bibliography, and the almost 200 pages of endnotes. I think the length and detailed nature of this book may deter some readers from reaping the rewards of the excellent discussions on interpretation and application. A trimmed down version (sans full notes, bibliography, primary sources, and the addition of the parable texts) would be welcomed to appeal to a more general audience.
Outstanding Resource on the Parables Jan 8, 2010
Since I'm now preaching a short series on The Parables of Jesus, I recently purchased and started reading Klyne Snodgrass's Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus. Comprehensive it is. This book is 846 pages long (though over 300 pages of this are bibliography and notes)! But though it is comprehensive, it is written with preachers in mind. As Snodgrass admits in his preface, "This is unapologetically and quite consciously a selfishly motivated book. This is what I want when preparing to teach or preach on the parables" (p. xi). It's what I want, too, and I'm glad Snodgrass gave in to his selfish ambition!
Snodgrass begins, of course, with an "Introduction to the Parables of Jesus," in which he covers (these are the subheadings): Necessary History; What is a Parable?; How Should Parables Be Classified?; What about Allegory?; Characteristics of Jesus' Parables; Distribution of the Parables; How Should Parables Be Interpreted?; and NT Criticism - Assumptions and Hesitations, Method and Procedure.
He lists eleven characteristics of Jesus' parables:
1. Jesus' parables are first of all brief, even terse. 2. Parables are marked by simplicity and symmetry. 3. Jesus' parables focus mostly on humans. 4. The parables are fictional descriptions taken from everyday life. 5. Parables are engaging. 6. Since they frequently seek to reorient thought and behavior . . . parables often contain elements of reversal. 7. With their intent to bring about response and elements like reversal, the crucial matter of parables is usually at the end, which functions something like the punch line of a joke. 8. Parables are told into a context. This distinguishes the parables from Aesop's fables, which are stand alone morality tales. Jesus' parables, in contrast, are "not general storeis with universal truths" but "are addressed to quite specific contexts in the ministry of Jesus." 9. Jesus' parables are theocentric. 10. Parables frequently allude to OT texts. 11. Most parables appear in larger collections of parables.
And, in discussing how to interpret the parables, Snodgrass offers the following principles:
1. Analyze each parable thoroughly. 2. Listen to the parable without presupposition as to its form or meaning. 3. Remember that Jesus' parables were oral instruments in a largely oral culture. 4. If we are after the intent of Jesus, we must seek to hear a parable as Jesus' Palestinian hearers would have heard it. 5. Note how each parable and its redactional shaping fit with the purpose and plan of each Evangelist. 6. Determine specifically the function of the story in the teaching of Jesus. 7. Interpret what is given, not what is omitted. Any attempt to interpret a parable based on what is not there is almost certainly wrong. 8. Do not impose real time on parable time. 9. Pay particular attention to the rule of end stress. 10. Note where the teaching of the parables intersects with the teaching of Jesus elsewhere. 11. Determine the theological intent and significance of each parable.
Some of these principles, admittedly, need a bit more explanation and fleshing out than I am choosing to do in this review, but many of the principles are self-evident. This list at least gives you an idea of how Snodgrass approaches the task of interpretation.
The next section covers Parables in the Ancient World, looking specifically at parables in the Old Testament, Early Jewish Writings, Greco-Roman Writings, The Early Church, and Later Jewish Writings. After that, Snodgrass jumps in to the actual parables themselves, dividing thirty-two parables into nine sections. These sections are entitled:
* Grace and Responsibility * Parables of Lostness * The Parable of the Sower and the Purpose of Parables * Parables of the Present Kingdom in Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 13 * Parables Specifically about Israel * Parables about Discipleship * Parables about Money * Parables concerning God and Prayer, and * Parables of Future Eschatology
As Snodgrass takes up each parable, he discusses the parable type, raises issues requiring attention, looks at helpful primary source material, does a comparison of the different accounts of the parable in the gospels, discusses textual issues worth noting, highlights helpful cultural information, then gives an explanation of the parable, talks about adapting the parable for our own context, and suggests further reading (as if he were not comprehensive enough for most people!). This really is a well organized book, designed to function more like a manual for ongoing reference, than to read straight through (which I'm not doing).
Finally, the book ends with an epilogue, six appendices, over one hundred pages of notes and almost fifty pages of bibliography, and then two indices. I expect to use this book not only in my current sermon series, but for many years to come and heartily recommend it to others.
Indispensible reference volume Sep 13, 2009
This is an outstanding, comprehensive work on the parables of Jesus, with thorough background material and long quotes from primary sources in Jewish and Greek literature. Must reading for all who teach and preach the words of Jesus.
A serious resource Jul 22, 2009
This book is a serious resource for Bible students. It is comprehensive, opinionated and meticulous in its approach. The author provides a wealth of background material placing parables in the context of the first century. His readings on the parables are fact driven and well supported. The only drawback to this book is that the sheer size and scope may overwhelm the casual reader. But if you invest the time this book will richly reward you.
2009 Christianity Today Book Award Winner Jan 30, 2009
28 Jan 2009 - Christianity Today announced Stories With Intent as the 2009 winner in the Biblical Studies category. Across the 10 categories, CT says 436 books from 67 publishers were submitted.
I hope this keeps raising the profile of this incredibly worthy reference work!