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Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus
Snodgrass, Klyne†R.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008 pp. xviii + 846. $50.00

Description: Stories with Intent offers pastors and students an accessible and comprehensive guide to Jesus' parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores the context in which these stories were told, the purpose they had in Jesus' message, and the way that they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship. Snodgrass begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation. He offers both a new, more functional classification system for parables and guidelines for interpreting parables. Then he provides an overview of other parables ó often neglected in the discussion ó from the Old Testament, early Judaism, the Greco-Roman world, and later Judaism. The remaining chapters group the longer and more important parables of Jesus thematically and give a comprehensive treatment of each, including background and significance for modern thought.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature

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Review by Ernest van Eck
Published 10/18/2008
Citation: Ernest van Eck, review of Klyne R. Snodgrass, Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

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