Preaching the Parables: From Responsible Interpretation to Powerful Proclamation
Blomberg, Craig L.
"Preaching from the parables resembles playing the saxophone: it's easy to do poorly. Preachers who need guidance in understanding the stories of Jesus in order to preach them well will gain much from what Blomberg has written."See All
Harold J. Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"After years of writing on parables, Blomberg now shows how to preach the parables and how to use story in preaching. From his sensitivity to the gospel of Jesus, to the world, and to the preaching task, he shows both how he preached these parables and the thought process that led him to preach as he did. This is a helpful lab for anyone preaching the parables"See All
Paul W. Brandel Professor of New Testament Studies, North Park Theological Seminary
"Craig Blomberg is a superb teacher and expert on the parables. Here he effectively combines both gifts. This book discusses how to preach the parables and gives a wonderful sample of sermons with explanations about how to proceed. I can't imagine a more helpful pastoral and homiletical guide to the perplexing world of parables. Highly recommended."See All
Professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary
Written with the rigor and precision of a New Testament specialist, Preaching the Parables provides a responsible introduction to understanding and proclaiming the parables that pastors, church leaders, and seminary students will appreciate.
Craig Blomberg demonstrates how the structure of a parable is key to its interpretation and thus to its exposition. He shows how a parable, when properly contemporized, can be a powerful rhetorical device, and that recognizing the elements of the parable that were atypical to everyday life leads to important surprises that will be of significance to contemporary parishioners. Each of the fifteen exemplary sermons is accompanied by an analysis that points out key interpretive decisions.
Published July 2004
About the Author
Craig L. Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. His books include Interpreting the Parables, Neither Poverty nor Riches, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel, commentaries on Matthew and 1 Corinthians, Making Sense of the New Testament: 3 Crucial Questions and Preaching the Parables.