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Puzzling the Jesus of the Parables: A response to Ruben Zimmermann

Llewellyn Howes
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4480 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4480 | © 2017 Llewellyn Howes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 December 2016 | Published: 10 July 2017

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Llewellyn Howes, Department of Religion Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


This article responds to Ruben Zimmermann’s latest book, Puzzling the Parables of Jesus (2015). In particular, one aspect of his proposed method is challenged, namely, his conscious attempt to do away with considerations of the pre-Easter context when interpreting the parables. The article finishes by proposing a variant methodology of parable interpretation, featuring the parable of the Good Samaritan as a working example.


Ruben Zimmermann; Parables of Jesus; Good Samaritan; Historical Jesus; Methodology; Interpretation; Exegesis


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