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Reflections on Jesus’ parables as metaphorical stories past and present

Dieter Reinstorf, Andries van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 2 | a559 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i2.559 | © 2002 Dieter Reinstorf, Andries van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 17 December 2002

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Dieter Reinstorf, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Andries van Aarde, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

During the past decades scholars have endeavoured to read Jesus’ parables as metaphorical stories. This article provides a  theoretical overview of the ongoing debate, reflecting both on past claims and present criticism.  The assertion is made that the use of the metaphor as a model to read and study the parables of Jesus, remains valid and should be expanded to include the parables in  their particular Gospel settings.

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