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The challenge of Jesus’ parables A scholarly handbook for ministers and preachers

Dieter H. Reinstorf
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 1 | a352 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i1.352 | © 2006 Dieter H. Reinstorf | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 September 2006 | Published: 14 September 2006

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Dieter H. Reinstorf, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The parables of Jesus recorded in the Gospels are profoundly challenging, not only as far as their original audience is concerned, but equally so as far as present day readers, hoping to fully grasp their meaning, are concerned. Renewed efforts to interpret these parables were made by a number of first-rate scholars, who published their research results in a book entitled “The challenge of Jesus parables”, which forms part of the McMaster New Testament Studies Series. This review essay focuses on some of the book’s main characteristics, in particular the resurgence of allegory, the Gospel contextualization of the parables and their application to contemporary issues of life.


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