The Power of Parables: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus

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In this perceptive and provocative new look at the Gospels, John Dominic Crossan begins by observing that the parabolic stories told by Jesus seem remarkably similar to the resurrection stories about Jesus. 'Were the latter intended as parables just as much as the former' he asks. Could it be that we have been reading parables, presuming them to be history, and misunderstanding both? In other words, could Jesus' use of parables have inspired the Gospel writers to create meaningful, metaphorical stories about Jesus to help them explain who he really was? 'A remarkable and important book for Christians and for all who seek to understand the Bible better. . .Crossan combines his customary literary and historical brilliance with fresh insights that illuminate not only the parables of Jesus but much of the Bible as a whole' Marcus J. Borg, author of Speaking Christian

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'Offers valuable and accessible insights into the intentions of the evangelists and the revolutionary content of the gospels.' --Publishers Weekly

'John Dominic Crossan has done it again . . . His innovative presentation of how Jesus told stories about God s kingdom and how the Gospel authors told stories about Jesus offers a brilliant new way of looking at parable and metaphor in the Gospels and in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.' --Marvin W. Meyer, Professor of Bible and Christian Studies

'A remarkable and important book for Christians and for all who seek to understand the Bible better . . . Crossan combines his customary literary and historical brilliance with fresh insights that illuminate not only the parables of Jesus but much of the Bible as a whole.' --Marcus J. Borg, Canon Theologian at Trinity Cathedral

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John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus at De Paul University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus (T&T Clark 1992) and The Greatest Prayer (SPCK 2011).

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