learn & teach
to share & discuss
to re-imagine & re-present
on author/title links will bring you to Amazon.com.
Do you have a book that you think should be included on this list?
me the author and title and a brief description.
These are the first books that I recommend to my seminary students:
Robert Farrar. Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox,
Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus
|This is the book I recommend first to
those preaching or teaching on the parables. You may not always agree
with Capon, but you will always be encouraged to think about the
by Graydon F. Snyder at Currents in Theology and Mission
David B. What Are They Saying about the Parables? (Paulist Press) 2000.
Charles. Many Things in Parables: Jesus and His
Modern Critics (Westminster
John Knox, 2004)
Arland J. The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary (Eerdmans) 2002.
|This provides an encyclopedic approach
to every parable. This is the place to start to get background
information about any particular parable.
by Richard B. Vinson at Review of Biblical Literature
|Reid, Barbara E. Parables
for Preachers: Gospel of Matthew-Year A (Liturgical
Press, 2001); Parables
for Preachers: Gospel of Mark-Year B (Liturgical
Press, 1999); Parables
for Preachers: Gospel of Luke-Year C (Liturgical
|Nice surveys of the parables organized
by the Revised Common Lectionary and oriented for preachers.
by John T. Carroll at Interpretation.
Bernard Brandon. Re-Imagine the World: An
Introduction to the Parables of Jesus (Polebridge
|A popularized and more concise edition
of his insightful
by Dennis C. Stoutenburg at Review of Biblical Literature
|Snodgrass, Klyne, Stories With
Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus (Eerdmans,
most recent and (as the title states) comprehensive survey of Jesus'
by Ernest van Eck at Review of Biblical Literature
Parables of Jesus by Joachim Jeremias One of the landmarks
in the modern study of the parables.
Parables: The Challenge of the Historical Jesus by John
Dominic Crossan - A scholarly study but an artistic, reflective work as
Then the Parable by Bernard Brandon Scott An earlier and
more comprehensive version of his Re-Imagine the World
cited above. Introductory material is somewhat technical, but his
exposition is fascinating and provocative.
Challenge of Jesus Parables Collection of essays edited by
Richard N. Longenecker.
56.3, July 2002 Journal theme is on the parables.
Parables: Audience-Oriented Perspectives by Warren Carter and
John Paul Heil Provides good attention to both the social and
literary contexts of the parables.
|"Preaching the Parables" Part
One and Part
Two - Two brief essays by Arland Hultgren on WorkingPreacher.org.|
(Until this list gets
more fully developed, also note the Bibliography
provided by Eugene Hensell)
Revised:July 31, 2010