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Wright begins by looking for insights in scholarship from recent decades on the parables and the historical Jesus. He goes on to imagine how these stories would have resonated with hearers in each of the Synoptic Gospels and considers the dynamics between Jesus and his hearers in different locations like Galilee and Jerusalem. Finally, Wright considers the purpose of these parables as an element of Jesus' ministry and looks at Jesus himself as a storyteller.
Jesus the Storyteller will provide a solid basis for understanding why Jesus spoke in parables and how this distinctive style of speech functioned in his ministry.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2015
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Stephen I. Wright is Director of Research and Tutor in Biblical Studies and Practical Theology at Spurgeons College in London. The author of several books on New Testament and preaching, he is also coauthor of Preaching the Atonement and Preaching the Incarnation, published by Westminster John Knox Press.
"If you are thinking, 'What, another book on the parables?' then think again! Here is a single volume that judiciously surveys parables research, sketches the significance of Jesus' parables for each of the Synoptic Gospels, analyzes the importance of the parables for understanding Jesus ministry, and discusses how these parables would have been heard in their own contextsall of this in readable prose that is fully conversant with scholarly discussion without bogging us down in that discussion. It is hard to imagine a better introduction to Jesus' parables than Stephen Wright's new book, but it also makes a welcome contribution with its emphases on story and narrative."
Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary