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Preaching Parables: A Metaphorical Interfaith Approach
Voris, Steven J.

Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist, 2008 pp. xi + 219. $19.95


Description: Preaching Parables is the first book to systematically look at the type and style of parables as a genre across literary and religious lines to help readers understand and use the unique "transformational process" themselves. The book contains sixty sample parables from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist faith traditions. The word parable is a transliteration of a Greek word meaning "to throw beside." Parables are the metaphorical comparison of two different life situations. A short story, the parable, is thrown beside the life experience of a hearer. When hearers make the subconscious metaphorical comparison between their own situations and that in the parable, they take the lesson to heart and change, although often over a period of time. Since the metaphorical comparison is made at the subconscious level, a parable allows hearers to bypass the cognitive mental roadblocks they normally use to keep themselves from discerning the truth. The eventual "Ah Ha" moment results in life-changing insight.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature

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Review by Ernest van Eck
Published 4/4/2009
Citation: Ernest van Eck, review of Steven J. Voris, Preaching Parables: A Metaphorical Interfaith Approach, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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