The Power of Parable by John Dominic Crossan
How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus

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I found it stunning to see how Mark described Jesus as always non-violent in His Kingdom campaign, even en route to Jerusalem and the cross.
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In 1969, I was teaching at two seminaries inthe Chicago area. One of my courses wason the parables by Jesus and the other wason the resurrection stories about Jesus. I hadobserved that the parabolic stories by Jesusseemed remarkably similar to the resurrectionstories about Jesus. Were the latter intended asparables just as much as the former? Had webeen reading parable, presuming history, andmisunderstanding both?
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So begins the quest of renowned Jesus scholarJohn Dominic Crossan as he unlocks the truemeanings and purposes of parable in the Bible sothat modern Christians can respond genuinely toJesus's call to fully participate in the kingdom ofGod. In The Power of Parable, Crossan examinesJesus's parables and identifies what he calls the"challenge parable" as Jesus's chosen teaching toolfor gently urging his followers to probe, question,and debate the ideological absolutes of religiousfaith and the presuppositions of social, political,and economic traditions.

Moving from parables by Jesus to parables aboutJesus, Crossan then presents the four gospels as"megaparables." By revealing how the gospels arenot reflections of the actual biography of Jesus butrather (mis)interpretations by the gospel writersthemselves, Crossan reaffirms the power of parablesto challenge and enable us to co-create withGod a world of justice, love, and peace.

 

About John Dominic Crossan

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JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN, professor emeritus at De Paul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography and his latest, The Greatest Prayer. He lives in Minneola, Florida.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by HarperOne. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Spirituality & Practice

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Reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

rossan also interprets Jesus' teaching tools as participatory and nonviolent, opening up a path to justice, mercy, and peace.

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Greg

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Reviewed by Greg on Mar 29 2012

Crossan rightly encourages his readers to look deeper and to embrace the way of Jesus by discovering and pondering the parables that Jesus told while recognizing that ”all parables are participatory pedagogy.”

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Boxer

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Reviewed by Boxer on Apr 11 2012

By revealing how the gospels are not reflections of the actual biography of Jesus but rather (mis)interpretations by the gospel writers themselves, Crossan reaffirms the power of parables to challenge and enable us to co-create with God a world of justice, love, and peace.

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KJN

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Reviewed by KJN on Mar 30 2012

I found it stunning to see how Mark described Jesus as always non-violent in His Kingdom campaign, even en route to Jerusalem and the cross.

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