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Overview They're some of the world's best-known stories---the parables of Jesus. Each chapter of this accessible book examines an individual story, identifies its theme, explains biblical language and customs, and interprets its meaning for you today. Originally published as And Jesus Said, it cross-references Barclay's popular Daily Study Bible. Excellent for individual or group study.
William Barclay brings to these "best-known stories in the world" new force and significance for the modern reader. Each chapter analyzes an individual parable--identifies its theme, explains it in the light of the language and customs of the ancient world, and clearly interprets its meaning for us today.
The William Barclay Library is a collection of books addressing the great issues of the Christian faith. As one of the world's most widely read interpreters of the Bible and its meaning, William Barclay devoted his life to helping people become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.37" Width: 5.01" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1999
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
Series William Barclay Library
ISBN 066425828X ISBN13 9780664258283
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More About William Barclay
William Barclay (1907-1978) nacio en Wick (Escocia) en una familia de larga tradicion evangelica. Estudio en la Universidad y en el Trinity College de Glasgow, que completo con un semestre en la Universidad alemana de Marburgo. En 1933 fue ordenado al ministerio de la Iglesia de Escocia. Su primer y unico pastorado fue en Trinity Church de Renfrew, donde permaneceria casi catorce anos (1933-47). Dio clases de lengua y literatura del Nuevo Testamento en la Universidad de Glasglow hasta el dia de su jubilacion."
William Barclay was born in 1907 and died in 1978.
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Barclay has great insights Jan 11, 2007
This text has some great nuggets of wisdom, but is a very hard read. You must have your Bible in hand to read this book; it's next to impossible to follow it if you are reading it on the train without your main tool. But perseverence is recommended!
No one beats Barclay for history... Apr 23, 2006
...that any layman can understand. We can read Jesus' story about the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13:24-30 and understand that in the end, there will be a separation between the fruitful plant and the poisonous one; Barclay adds illumination to the story by describing the three different ways that the tare (the darnel plant) could be separated from the wheat when it was full grown, and then going on to make application about why Jesus told this simple, powerful story.
A strong humanistic ethic runs through many of his applications - Barclay tends to minimize the miraculous in favor of both hard work and dependence on God as harbingers of the kingdom. This book was originally developed for use with students - you'll hear Barclay's "teacher voice" in the moral tone of the applications, as well as the care in explaining each parable's background.
The book is in desperate need of updated organization. Originally published in 1952, the table of contents lists each parable only by identifying phrase (The story of the wheat and the tares is listed in the table of contents only as "When it is grown"). There is no index at the back of the volume, either. These omissions can make the book a bit difficult to use if you're not familiar with the key phrase in the table of contents.
Even with those criticisms, I found this book very useful as a reference when I was writing my books on the parables (Parablelife: Living the stories Jesus told in real time - 2005, FaithWalk publishers and Uprooted: Growing a Parablelife from the Inside Out - scheduled for release in Fall 2006 - both available on this site.com). If you're a pastor or Bible study leader, you may find Barclay's book a helpful addition to your parable collection.
Retired Minister Mar 22, 2006
This is a layman's guide that is pretty well outdated in terms of current scholarship. Having said that, no one writes with more enthusiasm and zeal than Barclay. His book gives you lots of interesting material to ponder and is still a good buy for your bookshelf. Just not something that I would recommend for a Seminarian or clergy that is still active in ministry.
A Light In The Darkness Mar 10, 2004
Each chapter is a magnetic sermon on each parable. Barclay's writing provides both scholarly insight and spiritual direction. There have been many books written on the parables, too many of which overanalyze the parables to the nth degree and which forget the basics. Barclay's is a more common-sense approach for the common man which keeps the lessons simple, straightforward, and illuminating. -wgl-
The Author Caught Lying Apr 30, 2003
This book by the late William Barclay is quite infomative...that is until I read the chapter on The Parable of the Good Samaritan: the author made a few unacceptable and baseless assertations. He insisted that the lonely traveller who was robbed was RECKLESS in travelling alone. There is absolutely no basis for making this interpretation. Travelling alone doesn't mean that the person HAS TO BE reckless. This opinion is entirely the author's personal one. The next part of the parable's interpretation is even more absurd: the author blantantly assume that the Buddha and Prophet Muhammed would not lift a finger to help that robbed traveller had he met them. I wonder where on earth the author got this idea from? Had the author still be alive today, this is what I'll say to him: You don't do Christ any good by slandering the Buddha and Prophet Muhammed. In conclusion, this book is written by a bigotory 'holier-than-thou' minister.