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“I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are very wise and very beautiful; but I never read in either of them: ‘Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden.’" — St. Thomas Aquinas


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While similar, parables and fables differ. A parable generally features human actors as the main characters while fables use plants, animals, or other forces as the focal conduits.

The Parables of Jesus

Course Number: NT505


Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado

Course Description:

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.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Gain a greater understanding of the cryptic but important parables of Jesus.
  2. 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.
  3. Explore the more controversial points of interpretation surrounding the details of various passages and formulate tentative exegetical conclusions.
  4. Apply the parables to contemporary Christian living and ministry.

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