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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press (5 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334029171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334029175
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 29.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joachim Jeremias was Emeritus Professor of the New Testament in the University of Gottingen.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Mills on 23 Jun. 2007
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Virtually every serious study I read on the parables referred to this book in their bibliographies,having read it I can now see why. The insights from a master of understanding not only from his Jewish background but his theological expertise allowed this very lay person to have an insight into the world of Jesus thinking and cultural background which brought greater meaning to the parables than on just reading them through 21st century cultural and literary eyes. His attempt to get to the original voice of Jesus, cutting through context,historical, cultural and embellishment by the early church left me with a far greater understanding of the original intent of these wonderful teachings. An absolute essential book for any student of the parables of Jesus.
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By M. Y. on 13 Jan. 2015
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Good book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A SIGNIFICANT STUDY OF JESUS FROM THE "NO QUEST" PERIOD 27 Jun. 2013
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
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Joachim Jeremias (1900-1979) was a German Lutheran theologian, Near Eastern Studies scholar, and professor of New Testament studies. He also wrote books such as The Prayers of Jesus, Unknown Sayings of Jesus, etc.

He begins this 1947 book (subsequently revised several times) by saying, "The uniqueness of Jesus' parables comes out clearly when they are compared with analogous productions from the same period and cultural context, such as the Pauline similitudes or the Rabbinic parables. Comparison reveals a definite personal style, a singular clarity and simplicity, a matchless mastery of construction. The conclusion is inevitable that we are dealing with particularly trustworthy tradition. We stand right before Jesus when reading his parables."

However, he cautions that the early Church "collected and arranged the sayings of Jesus according to their subject-matter, created a setting for them, sometimes modifying their form, expanding here, allegorizing there, always in relation to its own situation between the Cross and the Parousia."

To give but one example of Jeremias's exegesis: "All the Gospel parables are a defence of the Good News. The actual proclamation of the Good News to sinners took a different form: in the offer of forgiveness, in Jesus' invitation to the guilty to taste his hospitality, in his call to follow him. It was not to sinners that he addressed the Gospel parables, but to his critics: to those who rejected him because he gathered the despised around him. His opponents were disappointed because they were expecting a Day of Wrath; they had closed their hearts to the Good News..."

Jeremias is a scholar to whom the "liberal" and "conservative" labels do not apply. This book will remain of continuing interest to anyone interested in Jesus, the "historical Jesus," New Testament studies, etc.
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Parables de-mystified. 12 Sept. 2009
By Margaret M. Mueller - Published on Amazon.com
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I like "The Parables of Jesus". I've learned something about the tradition of telling parables, the uniqueness of the parables of Jesus, and a bit about the likely editing process the Apostles or subsequent scribes engaged in recording their memories of Jesus' parables. For me, Jeremias' work does not diminish the parables, but offers a broader appreciation for them. I am also reminded that the Church existed before scripture, so the selection of the parables fits into what I understand about the early church practice of worship and Christian teaching, and their understanding of salvation. Reading this book and filtering Jeremias' scholarship through my Orthodox understanding is a comfortable exercise in comparing and contrasting scripture with application. While intrigued by Jeremias' interest in Syrian manuscripts, I was referred to Bruce Metzger's books' "The Early Versions of the New Testament: Their Origin, Trnasmission and Limitations" and "The Text of the New Testameht" which helped to expand my perspective of scholarship in this areaThe Early Versions of the New Testament: Their Origin, Transmission, and LimitationsThe Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration (4th Edition)
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The Parables of Jesus- A must read for the truly interested. 24 Aug. 2013
By L. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book that is of the highest caliber of writing and theology. Be prepared to think and unlike what I thought there are no simple answers.
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The Parables of Jesus 23 Feb. 2014
By kreso - Published on Amazon.com
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This is something for more or less professional theologians. It is real pity that no translations of oft-quoted Greek expressions are provided in the book. With an already small and busy font it is hard to read. As to the content, it is a definitive source for the parables, quoted and discussed by Ratzinger. His Jesus of Nazareth 1 (chapter on parables) also provides a definitive assessment of the subject matter and should be seen as the complement to the book.
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Nice Book 1 May 2013
By reader - Published on Amazon.com
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The text was interesting as I was looking for information on the Parables of Jesus Christ. It was very informative
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