16 May 2022  |

From a literary standpoint the parables of Jesus were like those of his contemporaries, but their purpose and effect were dramatically different. This presentation will examine the importance of the parables, the narrative technique of Jesus, and how the parables should be interpreted. Our familiarity with them and the tradition of interpreting them allegorically have kept us from sensing how radical they were, and how they would have shocked their original audience.

Robert M. Johnston is professor emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has been a missionary in Korea and the Philippines. He has published three books and many articles.

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