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The Parables after Jesus: Their Imaginative Receptions across Two Millennia
Gowler, David B.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017 pp. xv + 304. $29.99


Description: Jesus's enigmatic and compelling parables have fascinated their hearers since he first uttered them, and during the intervening centuries these parables have produced a multitude of interpretations. This accessibly written book explores the varying interpretations of Jesus's parables across two millennia to demonstrate how powerfully they continue to challenge people's hearts, minds, and imaginations. The Parables after Jesus covers more than fifty imaginative receptions from different eras, perspectives, and media, including visual art, music, literature, science fiction novels, plays, poetry, sermons, politics, theologians, biblical scholars, and other modes of interpretation, including perspectives from other religious traditions. The book shows how the use of Jesus's parables affects society and culture and offers a richer appreciation for Jesus's most striking teachings. Readers will begin to understand how contemporary interpretations of the parables stand on the shoulders of centuries of conversations and that our interpretations are never independent of the readings and responses that have preceded us. The Parables after Jesus will serve as an excellent supplemental text for a variety of courses.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Jesus

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Review by Mikeal C. Parsons
Published 7/25/2019
Citation: Mikeal C. Parsons, review of David B. Gowler, The Parables after Jesus: Their Imaginative Receptions across Two Millennia, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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