Overview and Objectives
To understand the parables of Jesus, we must understand their context—and there are multiple contexts. There is the context of the Scripture passage that points us to what Jesus aims to illustrate. And there is the context of Jesus’ audience. Given their culture and their historical setting, how would they understand these stories of Jesus?
In this second lesson, Dr. Craig Blomberg walks us through nine different parables, from the story of the “The Prodigal Son” to the parable of “The Wheat and Weeds,” to reveal a common thread. This common thread is one of the keys to interpreting the parables.
When you complete this lesson, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify the common thread among the nine parables discussed in this lesson.
- Explain how each of these parables follows the three-point, triangular structure.
- Discuss interpretations of each parable covered in this lesson.
- Know the importance of understanding the scriptural, historical, and cultural setting of each parable.
As you proceed through this lesson have the following question in mind.
Of the parables discussed in this lesson, which were you previously most familiar with? What new information/insight about that parable did you learn in this lesson and how has it changed the way you think about it?