Society of Biblical Literature

The Parables of Jesus: Recovering the Art of Listening

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Ford, R. Q. (1997). The Parables of Jesus: Recovering the Art of Listening. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress.

Ford, a psychotherapist, approaches the parables as he would listen to a story told by a therapeutic client. He evidences a good understanding of the socio-economic realities in which the parables are located, and thus avoids anachronisms to some extent. He challenges some common faults of parable interpretation: idealizing the superior character; collapsing an ongoing story into a single moment; overlooking what doesn’t make sense and failing to listen carefully. He offers some unusual and provocative interpretations.
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