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Parables of Jesus: v. 11 (Storytellers Companion to the Bible)

Smith, Dennis E.; Williams, Michael E., editors

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ISBN 10: 0687061261 / ISBN 13: 9780687061266
Published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A., 2006
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Title: Parables of Jesus: v. 11 (Storytellers ...

Publisher: Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No jacket issued

Edition: 1st Edition

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Jesus was a master storyteller, and his chosen form of story was the parable. Like rabbis of his day and since, if you asked him a question, what you were likely to get in response was a story. As a storyteller, he must have been a charismatic speaker, weaving images that gave people new insights into pressing concerns of their day.

After Jesus' death, his followers preserved many of his stories and passed them down. But when they did so, they saw new meanings in them. Jesus, they felt, spoke not only to people and concerns of his own day but also to new generations and situations. The parables of Jesus were not seen as historical artifacts but as lively words of wisdom appropriate for any generation.

Today we still learn from the parables of Jesus. They still speak with a freshness and power that give us new insights into pressing concerns of our own day. This volume delves into the parables of the master storyteller and learn ways in which we can retell those stories for a modern audience.


About the Author:

Dennis E. Smith is Professor of New Testament at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and author of From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the New Testament World, and other books and articles.

Michael E. Williams is senior pastor at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of numerous articles, stories, poems, and books and is general editor of The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible series. A frequent guest-speaker and workshop leader at regional, national, and international events, Dr. Williams has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and has taught at the National Institutes of Storytelling.

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