The power of parable : how fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus / John Dominic Crossan.


  • ISBN: 9780061875694
  • ISBN: 0061875694
  • Description: x, 259 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2012.

Available copies

  • 3 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries).

Current holds

0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Danvers Adult Nonfiction BT 375.3 C76 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 232.954/Crossan (Text to phone) Checked out 08/11/2014
Gordon College Stack Level 1 BT 375.3 .C76 2012 (Text to phone) Available -
Peabody Main Adult Nonfiction NEW BT 375.3 .C76 2012 (Text to phone) Available -

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes index.
Contents Note: Parables told by Jesus. Riddle parables : so that they may not understand -- Example parables : go and do, or don't do, likewise -- Challenge parables, part I : down from Jerusalem to Jericho -- Challenge parables, part II : the word against the word -- Challenge parables, part III : let anyone with ears to hear listen! -- The kingdom of God : the challenge of collaboration -- The lure of parabolic history : Caesar at the Rubicon -- Parables told about Jesus. A hymn for the nameless : the Parable Gospel according to Mark -- Rhetorical violence : the Parable Gospel according to Matthew -- Rome as the new Jerusalem : the Parable Gospel according to Luke-Acts -- The visionary dream of God : the Parable Gospel according to John.
Summary: "One of the main ways Jesus taught people was through the use of parables. Through an exploration of the literary genre popular in the ancient world, distinguished Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan dissects the versions we read in the Gospels to get back to what Jesus really intended to teach. Next, Crossan reveals how Jesus's use of parables inspired the Gospel writers themselves to come up with meaningful, metaphorical stories of Jesus to help them explain their own views of who they thought this Messiah really was. By unlocking the meaning and purposes of the Gospel's parables, we can arrive at a better portrait of this enigmatic and charismatic Jewish figure who transformed his world and the next two thousand years of history"-- Provided by publisher.