Item description for Tales Jesus Told: An Introduction to the Narrative Parables of Jesus by Stephen I. Wright...
Overview "Helps readers experience the impact of Jesus' parables afresh by setting them in the social world of first-century Palestine and relating them to Jesus' activity and teaching. Are modern readers, conitioned to read the parables as spiritual allegories, missing something of Jesus' original intentions? Stephen Wright explores the purpose and effect of Jesus' parables by reading them contextually against their cultural, political and social background. Although use of ghe parables as tools for preaching and teaching has neglected the original impact they had on Jesus' hearers, it is possible, with our knowledge of life in first-century Palestine, to feel that impact again. By approaching the parables supposing that they do not necessarily have deeper spiritual meaning, and by stripping away Old Testament overtones and the embellishments of the Evangelists, we are enabled to return to the original story of Jesus himself and to gain a clearer picture of Jesus' aims in his telling of a particular tale. A detailed, engrossing and contextual study of Jesus' parables, Tales Jesus Told will be of particular interest to students of the New Testament and those who want to connect Jesus' teaching with the modern world."
Publishers Description Are modern readers, conditioned to read the parables as spiritual allegories, missing something of Jesus' original intentions? Wright explores the purpose and effect of Jesus' parables by reading them contextually against their cultural, political and social background. Although use of the parables as tools for preaching and teaching has neglected the original impact they had on Jesus' hearers, it is possible with our knowledge of life in first century Palestine to feel that impact again.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2003
Publisher AUTHENTIC UK
ISBN 1842271822 ISBN13 9781842271827
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More About Stephen I. Wright
Stephen I. Wright (PhD., University of Durham) is Tutor in Biblical Studies and Practical Theology at Spurgeon's College, and previously Director of the College of Preachers, an ecumenical training and resource agency helping preachers of all denominations fulfill their ministry. His significant publications include The Voice of Jesus: Studies in the Interpretation of Six Gospel Parables (Carlisle: Paternoster/ Wipf and Stock); Tales Jesus Told: An Introduction to the Narrative Parables of Jesus (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2003); Preaching the Atonement (London: T. & T. Clark International, 2005), shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing, 2007, and most recently Preaching the Incarnation.
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very good Jun 23, 2008
This book was written by N.T. Wright's brother, Stephen Wright, who appears to be an excellent scholar and author in his own right. This book was intended for nonscholars, and reminds me of the books N.T. Wright publishes as Tom Wright. Very similar. Actually, Stephen has done a much better job of explaining Jesus on the level of laymen than his brother has. I have read several commentaries on the parables of Jesus, but this one is absolutely the best at explaining in clear terms the socio-political and social dimensions of the parables. The author clearly shows the reader what parts of the parables he thinks originated with Jesus, and where the gospel writers have elaborated by enhancing the parables. Very well written!