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The power of parable : how fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus

Author: John Dominic Crossan
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st HarperCollins pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"One of the main ways Jesus taught people was through the use of parables. Through an exploration of the literary genre popular in the ancient world, distinguished Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan dissects the versions we read in the Gospels to get back to what Jesus really intended to teach. Next, Crossan reveals how Jesus's use of parables inspired the Gospel writers themselves to come up with meaningful,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Dominic Crossan
ISBN: 0061875708 9780061875700
OCLC Number: 826855503
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 259 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Riddle parables : so that they may not understand --
Example parables : go and do, or don't do, likewise --
Challenge parables, part I : down from Jerusalem to Jericho --
Challenge parables, part II : the word against the word --
Challenge parables, part III : let anyone with ears to hear listen! --
The kingdom of God : the challenge of collaboration --
The lure of parabolic history : Caesar at the Rubicon --
A hymn for the nameless : the parable gospel according to Mark --
Rhetorical violence : the parable gospel according to Matthew --
Rome as the new Jerusalem : the parable gospel according to Luke-Acts --
The visionary dream of God : the parable gospel according to John.
Responsibility: John Dominic Crossan.

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"One of the main ways Jesus taught people was through the use of parables. Through an exploration of the literary genre popular in the ancient world, distinguished Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan dissects the versions we read in the Gospels to get back to what Jesus really intended to teach. Next, Crossan reveals how Jesus's use of parables inspired the Gospel writers themselves to come up with meaningful, metaphorical stories of Jesus to help them explain their own views of who they thought this Messiah really was. By unlocking the meaning and purposes of the Gospel's parables, we can arrive at a better portrait of this enigmatic and charismatic Jewish figure who transformed his world and the next two thousand years of history"--

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