Description - Parables for Preachers by Barbara E. Reid
In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus never explains his parables. Yet Sunday after Sunday preachers are asked to open up the meaning of the parables to their congregations. The purpose behind Reid's work is two-fold. First, to aid preacher by bringing together current biblical research on the parables, in the hope that it will open up new vistas of meaning and help spark their creativity. Second, she offers an understanding of how parables communicate and invites preachers to try out the parabolic techniques of preaching. The Synoptic Gospels shw Jesus preaching primarily by means of parables, both spoken and lived. A greater understanding of the dynamics and meaning of Jesus' parables in their original context can aid preachers today in creating the same effect in modern believers. Chapter One explores the dynamics of Jesus' parables. Understanding how a parable works is the first step. Chapter Two sketches contemporary trends in biblical interpretation of the parables. Next is an overview of the Gospel of Mark, its author, historical context, and major theological themes.
The remaining chapters examine each of the parables found in the Gospel of Mark in the order in which they appear in the lectionary for year B. The concluding chapter and bibliography point toward further areas of study. The Parables for Preachers is not only for preachers, but for all who are interested in a deeper understanding of parables, particularly teachers, catechists, liturgy planners, and members of groups for homily preparation, bible study, or faith sharing.
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Author Biography - Barbara E. Reid
Barbara E. Reid, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a PhD in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and is professor of New Testament and vice president and academic dean at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Her most recent books are Taking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations Through Latina and Feminist Eyes (Fortress Press, 2007), The Gospel According to Matthew (Liturgical Press, 2005), Parables for Preachers (3 volumes; Liturgical Press, 1999, 2 , 2001), and Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke (Liturgical Press, 1996). She is general editor for Wisdom Commentary Series (forthcoming from Liturgical Press).