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Most readers sympathize with the disciples when they asked Jesus, “Explain to us the parable that you spoke.” This course surveys various methods of interpreting Jesus’ parables and offers an eclectic model that draws upon the best insights of each. Dr. Blomberg’s semi-allegorical model is then applied to each of the major narrative parables in the Gospels. This course examines differences among parallel accounts, and suggests plausible reasons for the variations. Learners are encouraged to apply the conclusions about the theology and significance of Jesus’ parables to their life and ministry.
Legacy CollectionThis course is part of a collection of courses taught by world-class evangelical professors from across the globe on a variety of topics. The lessons are presented on an intermediate to college or seminary level and provide a wealth of information for those who want to dig deeper into their faith. Select courses in the collection are from the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), which was acquired by Our Daily Bread University.
- 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.
- University of Aberdeen in Scotland, PhD
- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MA
- Augustana College, BA
I love the courses you offer, they help me to expandTrevor
Loved this course but used Lockyers book over text but good course .Donald
Although I enjoyed learning many new things about Jesus’ parables through Dr. Bomberg’s course I was somewhat concerned about his teaching about the use of certain modern secular interpretive approaches (which arose from 19th century European rationalism) such as source criticism which reflect a somewhat more liberal, speculative and skeptical view of the bible that is based on human reason rather than on God’s special revelation as revealed in scripture. The skeptical approach to biblical truth flies in the face of a number of biblical scriptures which affirm the doctrines of biblical inspiration and inerrancy.Russell