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Funk on Parables: Collected Essays [Paperback]

By Robert W. Funk (Author) & Bernard Brandon Scott (Editor)
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Robert Funk was the major seminal influence on parable scholarship in the second part of the twentieth century. His work on parable as metaphor led to the understanding of Jesus' parables as world-shattering. But it went beyond the question of metaphor: Funk redefined the form of the parable, made a substantial contribution to the argument that Jesus' parables originated in Greek, worked out a scale for evaluating parables as compositions, and proposed a model for how parables gave birth to resurrection faith. The essays in this volume, brought together for the first time, afford the reader a synoptic view of Funk's contribution?a contribution with which scholarship is only now beginning to deal.

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Studio: Polebridge Press
Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.09" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 2006
Publisher   Polebridge Press
ISBN  0944344992  
ISBN13  9780944344996  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert W. Funk is founder of the Jesus Seminar and Director of the Westar Institute in Santa Rosa, California. He has been a distinguished leader in biblical scholorship for more than thirty years. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar, he is the author of a dozen books, including "Honest to Jesus" and "The Five Gospels."

Robert W. Funk currently resides in Robert. Robert W. Funk has an academic affiliation as follows - Eastern Illinois University.

Robert W. Funk has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Jesus Seminar Guides

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Excellent for the parable student.  Sep 26, 2007
I should first mention that Brandon Scott, the editor of this book, is a friend and Bob Funk was a friend before his death in 2005. Even without the friendship factors I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in biblical studies in general and the parables of Jesus in particular.

Parable scholarship has changed over the last 40 years and a great deal of that change can be found in Funk's insights shown in this work. For people who are exploring modern biblical scholarship, a good beginning would be the seminal essays found here. Bob Funk changed the way many scholars approach the parables and because of that, he changed the way many of us interpret the Christian Bible. In this book we can see the evolution of parable interpretive techniques that break with the traditional allegorical and example story explanations, explore metaphorical interpretation and eventually result in a voice print of a sage who is proposing a different way to look at life in the first century.

Several years ago, I read Funk's essay, The Old Testament in Parable: The Good Samaritan, probably in his book, Language, Hermeneutic, and The Word of God, 1966. It is included in this collection. After reading that essay, I realized my seminary experience, for some reason, had left Funk's perspectives out of my biblical interpretive training. Studying Funk's work changed my frame of reference on biblical interpretation and thereby changed my preaching and teaching styles.

Brandon Scott, an internationally respected parable scholar himself, has collected and organized the essays in a very useful way. It is possible to visualize the evolutionary changes that have taken place in parable interpretation over the last several decades from this collection.

This selection of essays provides an excellent textbook for anyone who is teaching a class on the parables. It is, of course, suitable as a resource for personal biblical study, especially for a person who wants to experience the parables in imaginative and thoughtful ways, perhaps even, from the perspective of a first century peasant hearing the parables for the first time. It would be a fine addition to any pastor's library. The essays that discuss the parable of the Good Samaritan are worth the price of the book.
Good Read  Jul 30, 2007
Funk brings a learned approach to stories which we've known well. His insights are an aid to learning and to reflection and meditation.

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