Course Number: NT505
Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado
Most readers empathize with the disciples’ request that Jesus explain His parables. This course surveys various methods of interpreting Jesus’ parables and offers an eclectic model that draws upon the best insights of each. Blomberg’s semi-allegorical model is then applied to each of the major narrative parables in the Gospels. Blomberg examines differences among parallel accounts and suggests plausible reasons for the variations. Students are encouraged to apply the conclusions about the theology and significance of Jesus’ parables to their lives and ministries.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Gain a greater understanding of the cryptic but important parables of Jesus.
- Analyze the different schools of thought in the interpretation of the parables of Jesus, and adopt an approach he/she can defend as the most hermeneutically viable.
- Explore the more controversial points of interpretation surrounding the details of various passages and formulate tentative exegetical conclusions.
- Apply the parables to contemporary Christian living and ministry.