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All the Parables of the Bible Hardcover – Dec 1983

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  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (Dec. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310281105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310281108
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a study and analysis of the more than 250 parables in Scripture. This monumental work is not another tramp over the well-raked field of the parables found in the gospels, but a comprehensive survey of the uses of parabolic illustration and instruction in the whole of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Never before has this aspect of truth been combined into one volume. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is to be regretted that almost all reference books dealing with the parables, concentrate upon those spoken by our Lord, and neglect what the rest of the Bible - apart from the four gospels - holds for us in figurative language. Read the first page
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Very good. As with all the books in this series it is very thorough.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Extremely Thorough Reference for Parables 6 Sept. 2000
By bethlovesbooks - Published on
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Although this may not be a ground breaking text with new and exciting theories, it is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to understand the parables of the Bible better. The book discusses parables in both the Old and New Testaments. You can look up the parable by the chapter and book that it appears in, and there is also a way to reference them by topic/subject.
I've used this commentary a lot in my Bible studies because it is very thorough and even handed. Lockyer breaks the parables down item-by-item, point-by-point, then summarizes the dominant critical interpretations of each one. Because his treatment is extensive, the commentary for a single parable will often run for several pages.
I appreciate the clarity that his summaries bring to the text. Also, he is careful to admit that we can over interpret things and for the most part, manages to avoid this tendency. He asserts his own interpretation for each parable, but not in a know-it-all fashion.
This book challenges me to think about what God wants us to learn through these stories. They are like little puzzles, and I am fascinated to think about all the different ways they can be interpreted. Also, this book has cleared up some parables that were downright confusing.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Not my cup of tea... 20 Nov. 2008
By Joseph Arechiga - Published on
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This book seems a little too literal and not spiritually revealing for my liking. Many Parables contain spiritual mysteries which I hoped would be explained simply. But this book doesn't bring those out. Instead it relates a lot of literal teachings to other scriptural concepts and that wasn't helpful to me.

Here's an example.

The Pearl

From my understanding "the Pearl" represents something beautiful created by something ugly through a lifetime of suffering. Like overcoming Christians or the Bride. Since the gates of the Kingdom of God in Revelation are 12 huge Pearls one for each gate it means that one enters into communion with God through much suffering and that agrees with scripture.

But the book explains it like this:
"The Pearl reveals God's ultimate victory in the presence of man's failure. As we shall see, when considering the parable in detail, the One who purchased the Pearl discloses "the glorious transmuting of the murderous hate of sinful humanity into redemption by the love of God."

What that means I have no idea but it sounds good.

I might have gained more from this book if I were a PHD I suspect.

Everyone else seems to like it though. So maybe it's just me.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
daughter pleased 23 Aug. 2010
By choosyfloosy - Published on
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got this for my daughter. she is very pleased with the clarity of the information in this book. and, you know, she is pretty picky so i am very pleased, too.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Title is Misleading 10 July 2006
By Tony Bernhoffer - Published on
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This is actually a very useful book for the study of Bible prophecy. It contains scholarly explanations for the imagery of many of the Bible prophets. I had seen it offered from another dealer for $1.98 as an introduction to Lockyer's "All" series. I had passed it by many times thinking it was just an expositon of the parables of Jesus Christ. But I did find it very useful in my study of Ezekiel as many of Ezekiel's prophecies are consdered "parables" by Lockyer. A really great book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Bible study aid. 26 Sept. 2012
By Alan D. Igo - Published on
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As are all of the Lockyer "all" series, great helps and commentary are clearly and concisely explained for many difficult portions of scripture. A much needed addition to anyone's library. I'm constantly amazed at the remarkable achievements of most biblical scholars in those days. Lockyer is in that category. His research and insights will be of great help to any bible student or teacher. Be advised that if you want the entire 21 volumes, it will behoove you to buy them separately from the many vendors like here on Amazon. The books, even in "used, very good" condition, can be almost new. It could save you a LOT, like it did me.
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