The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus

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Overview

A premier New Testament scholar explores how Jesus' trial and execution are portrayed in the New Testament and how that portrayal has affected biblical studies, Christian theology, and Jewish-Christian relations through history. Tomson has written an accessible, responsible analysis of the biblical accounts of Jesus' death, demonstrating how, through compounded misunderstandings, they contributed to anti-Jewish sentiment in the early church and later history.

Tomson's question of how Jesus is to be understood in his first-century Judean context is a critical one not only for biblical scholars, but for anyone concerned about human rights and interreligious dialogue today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800636999
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Luise Schottroff taught New Testament and feminist theology at the University of Kassel, Germany, and was the author of numerous books and articles in New Testament and theology, including (with Silvia Schroer and Marie-Theres Wacker) Feminist Interpretation: The Bible in Women's Perspective (1998, 978-0-8006- 2999-1) and The Parables of Jesus: A Feminist Approach (2005, 978- 0-8006-3699-9). Linda M. Maloney is the translator of many works, including Norbert Lohfink's Theology of the Pentateuch (Fortress Press, 1995) and Gerd Theissen's The Gospels in Context (Fortress Press, 1992).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART 1: LEARNING TO SEE

The Pharisee and the Toll Collector (Luke: 18:9-14)

The Vinegrowers and Violence (Mark 12:1-12)

The Closed Door (Matt 25:1-13)

Politics with Carrot and Stick (Matt 22:1-14)

The Snubbed Host (Luke 14:12-24)

The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:1-9)

Hearing and Doing the Torah (Mark 4:1-20)

PART 2: IN SEARCH OF A NON-DUALISTIC PARABLE THEORY

Social-Historical Interpretation of the Bible in the Framework of Contextual Theologies

Dualism in Parable Theories

Metaphor or Not Metaphor? That Is the Question

What Is a Parable?

The Historical Jesus and the Jesus in the Gospels

The Genre of Parable Discourse

Toward a Synthesis of Methods

The Literary Context: The Gospels

PART 3: JESUS THE PARABLE-TELLER: THE PARABLES IN THE LITERARY CONTEXT OF THE GOSPELS

Political Prophecy (Mark 4:26-32)

Springtime and the Night Watchers (Mark 13:28-37)

Gos Is Near: Jesus the Parable-Teller in the Gospel of Mark (Summary)

Loving God: The Merciful Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

The Great Messianic Feast of Rejoicing, or The Partying Neighbor Women (Luke 15:1-32)

"Once There Was a Rich Man": Money and the Torah (Luke 16)

"He Lived the Life of a Slave": Slave Parables in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 12:35-48; 17:3-10; 19:11-27)

Crying to God: The Insistent Friend and the Stubborn Widow (Luke 11:5-13 and 18:1-8)

Parables in the Gospel of Luke (Summary)

God's Forgiveness and the World of Finance (Matt 18:21-35)

Bread and Hope ((Matthew 13)

"Am I Not Allowed to Do What I Choose with What Belongs to Me?" (Matt 20:1-16)

The End of Violence: Jesus' Discourse in the Temple (Matt 21:23-22:14)

The Parable of the Talents and God's Judgment on the Nations (Matt 25:14-46)

Appendix: How Should I Read a Jesus Parable?

Notes

Abbreviations

Bibliography

List of Parables Discussed

Index of Ancient Sources

Index of Subjects and Names

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