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The Parables: Understanding the Stories Jesus Told [Paperback]

By Simon J. Kistemaker (Author)
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Jesus' parables and most of His parabolic sayings from the Synoptic Gospels are explained and interpreted from an evangelical perspective. Careful attention is given to the historical and cultural setting of each story, offering practical insight into Christ's words.

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The parables are rich with guidance, but sometimes they're hard to decipher. In this book, all of Jesus' parables and most of his parabolic sayings from the Synoptic Gospels are explained and interpreted from an evangelical perspective. Careful attention is given to the historical and cultural setting of each story, offering practical insight into Jesus' words. The entire text of each parable is included, followed by the author's commentary. The parables' applications for the Christian life make this book a valuable sermon or lesson preparation tool.
"Originally published in 1980 as "The Parables of Jesus, "this revised book contains recent study on the parables and is now more accessible to lay readers, students, teachers, and pastors. Technical details appear in endnotes for those who want to do further study.

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   270
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2002
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801063914  
ISBN13  9780801063916  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Simon J. Kistemaker (Ph.D., Free University, Amsterdam) is emeritus professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is the author of numerous commentaries in Baker's New Testament Commentary Series, including the recently released volume on Revelation.

Simon J. Kistemaker currently resides in the state of Florida.

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Worthwhile add to your NT library  Apr 23, 2006
Conservative scholarship, solid history, combined with readability - this volume offers a careful (but layman-friendly) analysis of most of the stories Jesus told. He begins most of the short chapters with a closer look at the setting of the parable. This historical and cultural background sheds first century light on each parable for our twenty-first century eyes. Commentary and application round out each chapter. He addresses various viewpoints and interpretations thoughtfully, but without losing us in arcane academics. His focus is on helping pastors, teachers and writers dig into the text in order to discover the riches there.

Kistemacher's scholarship was a great help to me as I wrote my book (Parablelife: Living the stories Jesus told in real time - FaithWalk Publishers - available on this And I believe it'll be a great help to you if you're a pastor, Bible study leader or serious student of the Word.
A Predominately Good Introduction to Parabolic Studies  Jun 15, 2003
When it comes to scholarly treatments of the parables of Jesus, there is a regretable shortage of quality works from an evangelical perspective. This book by Kistemaker is one. Much of the treatment is meaty and substantive, although as I will discuss below, the book could have been more exhaustive in this regard.

Among the strengths of the book are Kistemaker's interaction with more liberal views on the parables, along with a very good introduction explaining the evolution of parabolic interpretation. Kistemaker wisely demonstrates early on that the allegorical methodology that prevailed for so long was/is rather notorious in advancing wildly speculative interpretations that helped obsure these critical teachings of Christ. As a result, Kistemaker appears to embrace a methodology that values historical considerations at the time Jesus spoke these teachings, as well as stressing what the parables actually say as driving the interpretation, rather than musing about what is not said and basing interpretation on such fanciful musings. In addition, in drawing wider conclusions about the messages and teachings that the parables are meant to convey, Kistemaker attempts to substantiate his application and interpretation comments in other Bible passages. Clearly, he is working from the view that Scripture is internally consistent and can interpret itself coherently as a result. While such a view might seem like the norm to evangelicals who hold to a high Bibliology, it is regretably not the view held by the majority of other scholars who have produced works on the parables. As a result, the conclusions reached by Kistemaker are quite different than those of Jeremias, Linneman, and others.

Kistemaker analyzes virtually all of Jesus' parabolic sayings as recorded in the Synoptic gospels. When applicable, Kistemaker analyzes terminology and structural differences between two different gospel accounts of the same parable. There is a chapter for each parable and each chapter is less than 10 pages. I thought Kistemaker did a good job of packing a lot of good material into compact analyses and as such, it is very accessible.

I gave the book 4 stars because I felt that many of the conclusions and applications made by Kistemaker could have been more in-depth. It appeared to me that Kistemaker clearly wanted to go down the road of sticking with the obvious rather than muddying the waters with fanciful and subjective speculation concerning these teachings. And while I certainly believe that such an approach is the right way to go, I still felt that there was room for deeper analysis of these teachings. Many of Christ's parables have profound eschatological and christological teachings associated with them, but other than the obvious conclusions, these aspects weren't explored to as high a degree as I would have liked.

Nevertheless, this is a very good book that is quite accessible and also quite substantive in many areas. A good antidote to the agenda driven approaches that have characterized much of parabolic scholarship up to this point.


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