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The parables of Jesus in the Gospels are considered the single most important source for discovering how Jesus himself taught and proclaimed his message. They have been studied and analyzed thousands of times, and yet they constantly reveal new insights and are rediscovered with fresh vision in each generation. Biblical scholarship of the last few decades is just as full of lively debate and new approaches to the structuralism, the "new criticism," and reader response all play vital and dynamic roles in helping us to understand the wonderful levels of metaphor and symbol that Jesus employed to both reveal and keep hidden the mystery of the Kingdom of God.
A concise but thorough survey of current scholarly thinking on Jesus' parables, for the ordinary reader.