Parables as Subversive Speech

William Herzog shows that the focus of the parables was not on a vision of the glory of the reign of God but on the gory details of the way oppression served the interests of the ruling class.

Author: William R. Herzog

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664253555

Category: Religion

Page: 299

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William Herzog shows that the focus of the parables was not on a vision of the glory of the reign of God but on the gory details of the way oppression served the interests of the ruling class. The parables were a form of social analysis, as well as a form of theological reflection. Herzog scrutinizes their canonical form to show the distinction between its purpose for Jesus and for evangelists. To do this, he uses the tools of historical criticism, including form criticism and redaction criticism.

Jesus Justice and the Reign of God

He examines the conflict stories, exorcisms/healings, and the passion narrative to develop his thesis and, in the final chapter, he interprets the resurrection in light of this viewpoint.

Author: William R. Herzog

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664256767

Category: Religion

Page: 316

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By building on his view of Jesus first developed in Parables as Subversive Speech, William Herzog II argues that Jesus is intensely interested in the social, political, and economic well-being of humanity. He examines the conflict stories, exorcisms/healings, and the passion narrative to develop his thesis and, in the final chapter, he interprets the resurrection in light of this viewpoint.

The Parables

Drawing on scholarship on the parables as well as theological, pastoral, and practical insights, Douglas Webster guides the reader through each of Jesus's parables, pointing out the important nuances that allow us to understand them and be ...

Author: Douglas D. Webster

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 9780825477355

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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A comprehensive study of Jesus's parables that emphasizes personal reflection and application Jesus's parables used familiar situations to convey deep spiritual truths in ways that are provocative and subversive of the status quo. Prayerfulness was pictured by a persistent widow. The joy of salvation in the homecoming of a lost son. Love of neighbor by a marginalized Samaritan. If we're not careful, we can easily miss details in the parables that reveal their subtle meanings as well as their contemporary relevance. Drawing on scholarship on the parables as well as theological, pastoral, and practical insights, Douglas Webster guides the reader through each of Jesus's parables, pointing out the important nuances that allow us to understand them and be transformed by them. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter can be used for personal or group study, and an appendix for pastors provides guidance for preaching the parables. Pastors, Bible teachers, and serious students of Scripture will find this tour through Jesus's parabolic teaching to be a feast for both the mind and the soul.

The Parables of Jesus

William R. Herzog's book Parables as Subversive Speech can be seen against this background as a breakthrough in a long and fateful tradition of parable interpretation . Herzog breaks up the identification of the rich slaveowner ...

Author: Luise Schottroff

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451413246

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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A premier New Testament scholar explores how Jesus' trial and execution are portrayed in the New Testament and how that portrayal has affected biblical studies, Christian theology, and Jewish-Christian relations through history. Tomson has written an accessible, responsible analysis of the biblical accounts of Jesus' death, demonstrating how, through compounded misunderstandings, they contributed to anti-Jewish sentiment in the early church and later history. Tomson's question of how Jesus is to be understood in his first-century Judean context is a critical one not only for biblical scholars, but for anyone concerned about human rights and interreligious dialogue today.

Stories with Intent

See William Herzog, Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1994), pp. 199-200. Some argue that three loaves were necessary for a meal, while others argue that one loaf was ...

Author: Klyne Snodgrass

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802842411

Category: Religion

Page: 846

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Stories with Intent offers pastors and students an accessible and comprehensive guide to Jesus' parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the context in which these stories were told, the purpose they had in Jesus' message, and the ways they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship. While holding a consciously evangelical approach, Snodgrass deals throughout with a broad spectrum of opinions and interpretations. He begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation. Offering both a new, more functional classification system for Jesus' parables and guidelines for interpreting them, he provides an overview of other parables -- often neglected in the discussion -- from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. The remaining chapters group the longer and more important parables of Jesus thematically and give a comprehensive treatment of each, including background and significance for today.

Who in the World Was Jesus

Herzog, Parables as Subversive Speech, 54–56 provides a taxonomy of approaches as to how the scholar constructs the social reality of life in the land of Israel in the first century and the definition of an “advanced agrarian society.

Author: Carl E. Roemer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780761870425

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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This study of the parables of Jesus grasps the character and person of the Jesus of history. Readers will experience him as a flesh and blood person intimately immersed in and engaged with his world and the people of his world.

The Parables

... Poet and Peasant, 117; (3) Dan Otto Via Jr., The Parables: Their Literary and Existential Dimension (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1967), 159-62; (4) Scott, Hear Then the Parable, 265; (5) Herzog, Parables as Subversive Speech, 258; ...

Author: Paul Simpson Duke

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 9781426720949

Category: Religion

Page: 127

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Many resources have been written to offer assistance in exploring and understanding the lectionary texts for the purpose of preaching. However, few have sought to provide this kind of preaching commentary on texts that do not follow the lectionary's grouping. For those whose preaching does not customarily follow the lectionary, and for those who depart from the lectionary text during certain periods of the year, little guidance has been offered for how to select, and preach on, important biblical texts. The Parables: A Preaching Commentary, the third book in The Great Texts series, gives guidance to preachers on preaching about this central part of faith. The principles by which volumes in The Great Texts series have been chosen are primarily two-fold: -Thematic: Texts on certain overarching themes or ideas of the Christian faith are brought together. -Biblical/traditional: Texts have long been recognized as belonging together, and as being particularly beneficial to the work of preaching.

The Parables for Today

William R. Herzog II, Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994), 246. 3. I am indebted for the analysis of the social setting of the Dishonest but Shrewd ...

Author: Alyce M. McKenzie

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9781611644234

Category: Religion

Page: 117

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This book in the popular For Today series introduces the reader to the main parables of Jesus in an engaging and accessible way. Professor, author, and preacher Alyce McKenzie makes the familiar parables come alive with new meaning, using the best of biblical scholarship to provide an easy entrance to this major form of Jesus' teachings. With questions for discussion at the end of each chapter, this book is ideal for personal and group study. The For Today series was designed to provide reliable and accessible resources for the study and real life application of important biblical texts, theological documents, and Christian practices. The emphasis of the series is not only on the realization and appreciation of what these subjects have meant in the past, but also on their value in the present--"for today." Thought-provoking questions are included at the end of each chapter, making the books ideal for personal study and group use.

The Parables of Jesus the Galilean

24 Crossan, finally, sees the parable as a parable of action;25 the advent of the kingdom demands an adequate and ... 28 Jesus, as pedagogue of the oppressed, used parables (subversive speech) to undermine the social structures that ...

Author: Ernest van Eck

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498233705

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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Who do we meet in the stories Jesus told? In The Parables of Jesus the Galilean: Stories of a Social Prophet, a selection of the parables of Jesus is read using a social-scientific approach. The interest of the author is not the parables in their literary contexts, but rather the parables as Jesus told them in a first-century Jewish Galilean sociopolitical, religious, and economic setting. Therefore, this volume is part of the material turn in parable research and offers a reading of the parables that pays special attention to Mediterranean anthropology by stressing key first-century Mediterranean values. Where applicable, available papyri that may be relevant in understanding the parables of Jesus from a fresh perspective are used to assemble solid ancient comparanda for the practices and social realities that the parables presuppose. The picture of Jesus that emerges from these readings is that of a social prophet. The parables of Jesus, as symbols of social transformation, envisioned a transformed and alternative world. This world, for Jesus, was the kingdom of God.

Hear and Be Wise

They were convinced that readers, in interpreting the parables, treated poetry like prose, always searching for a single pedagogical meaning. They thereby failed to do ... Herzog, Parables as Subversive Speech and Bernard Brandon ...

Author: Alyce M. McKenzie

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 9781426721045

Category: Religion


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Empowers the preacher to understand the role of wise leader to which he or she has been called, and to claim that role with conviction and joy. Pastors are called to an exciting ministry of proclamation and leadership. That excitement, however, often turns to demoralization and burnout as pastors become increasingly uncertain of what their role is supposed to be. Competing claims by the congregation, the denomination, and society about who and what the pastor is supposed to be breed confusion and disappointment. Are they primarily managers? Therapists? Fundraisers? A way out of this confusion lies in reclaiming the biblical understanding of who the pastor is. One of the biblical roles within the pastoral vocation that often goes neglected is that of wise teacher or sage. Scripture presents as a model of pastoral leadership those who interpret the word and will of God for daily living. Especially in their preaching, pastors are called to help the congregation understand their place in God’s world. In this book, Alyce McKenzie lays out the four qualities of the wise teacher–the bended knee, the listening heart, the cool head, and the courageous voice–and encourages pastors to make each of these integral to their ministry and vocation. She goes on to demonstrate that the sermon is the prime opportunity to function in the role of wise teacher. She offers strategies for applying biblical wisdom to all areas of everyday life. The strategies include: (1) Preaching that is as sensory as life is; using imagery, metaphor, simile, and story to connect with people’s emotions as well as their intellect. (2) Preaching that uses first-person experiences without being narcissistic. (3) Preaching that teaches without boring. (4) Preaching on public, often controversial issues that minimizes defensiveness and maximizes dialogue.

Matthew within Judaism

William Herzog's 1994 Parables as Subversive Speech claims to depart from the universal consensus that the parables are theological by offering instead sociopolitical readings inspired by Paulo Freire.43 Herzog accomplishes this in many ...

Author: Anders Runesson

Publisher: SBL Press

ISBN: 9780884144441

Category: Religion

Page: 600

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In this collection of essays, leading New Testament scholars reassess the reciprocal relationship between Matthew and Second Temple Judaism. Some contributions focus on the relationship of the Matthean Jesus to torah, temple, and synagogue, while others explore theological issues of Jewish and gentile ethnicity and universalism within and behind the text.

Jesus and His Parables

... far from being a Simple warning against selfishness, this parable is 'subversive speech'-—in the sense of politically revolutionary speech—using William R. Herzog's model of the parables of Jesus as 'pedagogy of the oppressed.

Author: V. George Shillington

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567085962

Category: Religion

Page: 199

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A complete range of modern approaches to interpreting the parables. Not only a textbook, but readable and accessible and as engaging to the general reader as to the scholar and minister.

Prophet and Teacher

It is widely accepted that Jesus taught by means of parables , so it should not be surprising to discover a concern for the Torah ... this parable in more detail in Herzog , Parables as Subversive Speech , 215-232 ( see note 39 , chap .

Author: William R. Herzog

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664225284

Category: Religion

Page: 243

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Herzog has written an introduction for seminary and college students to the discussion about the historical Jesus. He reports on the findings of the Jesus Seminar and also traces other scholarly work in Jesus studies, but with an eye to the theological.

Ex Auditu Volume 15

Judges were carriers of god's justice and law and were among the male urban elite, but the judge in the parable seems to be acting outside the bounds of society since he neither fears ... 32. herzog, Parables as Subversive Speech, 219.

Author: Klyne Snodgrass

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498232517

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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5 Douglas Oakman, Jesus and the Peasants, Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context (Eugene, Ore.: Wipf and Stock, 2008), 117. 6Van Eck, “Prophet,” 3. 7 William Herzog, Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed ...

Author: Derek Penwell

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 9780827231672

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Jesus did everything wrong: Poor judgment picking a team of disciples. Ministering to the wrong people. Angering the wrong people. Having outrageous expectations of his followers. Questionable teaching methods. Allowing others to have unrealistic opinions about his mission. A humiliating end followed by an improbable surprise ending. And then, somehow, inspiring millions to attempt to change the world in his name. Outlandish: An Unlikely Messiah, a Messy Ministry, and the Call to Mobilize shows how Jesus's ministry flew in the face of conventional wisdom, a ministry that would be described as misguided, mistaken, and miserable - and succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Then, fast-forwarding two thousand years, learn how that kind of ministry is sorely needed today and the political, social, and organizational lessons to be learned from Jesus's radically different ministry.

The De Legitimization of Violence in Sacred and Human Contexts

If we take the parable this way, what does the “kingdom of heaven” look like? ... In a seminal study, Parables as Subversive Speech, Herzog argues for understanding the parables as “subversive speech” along the lines of Paulo Freire's ...

Author: Muhammad Shafiq

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030511258

Category: Social Science

Page: 346

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This book provides a multidisciplinary commentary on a wide range of religious traditions and their relationship to acts of violence. Hate and violence occur at every level of human interaction, as do peace and compassion. Scholars of religion have a particular obligation to make sense out of this situation, tracing its history and variables, and drawing lessons for the future. From the formative periods of the religious traditions to their application in the contemporary world, the essays in this volume interrogate the views on violence found within the traditions and provide examples of religious practices that exacerbate or ameliorate situations of conflict.

Slavery in Early Christianity

Herzog, Parables as Subversive Speech, p. 136. ... Hester also offers a reading of the parable of the wicked tenants that stresses the political and economic implications of a dispute between a wealthy landowner and tenants who have ...

Author: Jennifer A. Glancy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198031130

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Slavery was widespread throughout the Mediterranean lands where Christianity was born and developed. Though Christians were both slaves and slaveholders, there has been surprisingly little study of what early Christians thought about the realities of slavery. How did they reconcile slavery with the Gospel teachings of brotherhood and charity? Slaves were considered the sexual property of their owners: what was the status within the Church of enslaved women and young male slaves who were their owners' sexual playthings? Is there any reason to believe that Christians shied away from the use of corporal punishments so common among ancient slave owners? Jennifer A. Glancy brings a multilayered approach to these and many other issues, offering a comprehensive re-examination of the evidence pertaining to slavery in early Christianity. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, Glancy situates early Christian slavery in its broader cultural setting. She argues that scholars have consistently underestimated the pervasive impact of slavery on the institutional structures, ideologies, and practices of the early churches and of individual Christians. The churches, she shows, grew to maturity with the assumption that slaveholding was the norm, and welcomed both slaves and slaveholders as members. Glancy draws attention to the importance of the body in the thought and practice of ancient slavery. To be a slave was to be a body subject to coercion and violation, with no rights to corporeal integrity or privacy. Even early Christians who held that true slavery was spiritual in nature relied, ultimately, on bodily metaphors to express this. Slavery, Glancy demonstrates, was an essential feature of both the physical and metaphysical worlds of early Christianity. The first book devoted to the early Christian ideology and practice of slavery, this work sheds new light on the world of the ancient Mediterranean and on the development of the early Church.

Parables of the Kingdom

10 William R. Herzog II, Parables as Subversive Speech, 26-27. 11 Consider how the media routinely applies one-sided perspectives to forward political agendas, and then presumes that only one angle, their angle, exists.

Author: Melissa Lynch

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781477217634

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Parables of the Kingdom is a language arts curricular unit on the New Testament Parables for seventh grade and up. The unit correlates to state standards and outcomes and the curriculum calendar provides over 30 hours of content material. Each session is accommodated with a full lesson plan, as well as the accompanying worksheets and keys. The narrative unit investigates the parables as literature, and provides historic critical and sociological background of the text. This unit is based on best practices in teaching and learning, and it is enriched by socratic circles, story-maps, role plays as well as relevant reading and writing assignments, and creative, productive projects.

The Word Before the Powers

The poetic speech of text and of sermon is a prophetic construal of a world beyond the one taken for granted."29 Although often domesticated in contemporary homiletics, the parables are subversive acts of resistance, which invite the ...

Author: Charles L. Campbell

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664222331

Category: Religion

Page: 206

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In this examination of the ethical significance of preaching, Charles Campbell provides both fresh insights into the relationship between preaching and ethics and a challenging moral vision for the contemporary church. Moving beyond a narrow focus on moral decision-making or social-issues sermons, Campbell argues that a particular ethic--nonviolent resistance--is inherent in the practice of preaching and shapes the moral life of the church. In the face of the powers, the fundamental ethical task of preaching involves building up the church as a community of resistance. Employing three dimensions of character ethics--vision, practices, and virtues--Campbell demonstrates the concrete ways in which preachers may undertake this task.

Wasted Evangelism

But not so in the Ot itself, where parables usually are a form of judgmentspeech—many times with a subversive ... Parables are spoken to the disobedient, re- bellious, and idolaters. mark's parable chapter falls within this framework.

Author: Chip M. Anderson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781620325452

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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"What is the relationship between the gospel and the church's responsibility toward the poor? Can social action be evangelism? Wasted Evangelism is an exploration in the Gospel of Mark on the subject of evangelism and social action. A proclamation-centered definition of ""evangelism"" based on the etymology of the word ""evangelize"" and a few isolated proof-texts is devoid of much of the biblical content that Mark offers to us through his Gospel, detaching the concept of evangelism from the narrative meaning that Mark gives to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Wasted Evangelism Chip Anderson develops an exegetically based, narrative understanding of biblical evangelism, which, according to Mark's Gospel, includes God's care for the economically vulnerable and his concern for the issues of poverty. The studies gathered in this volume propose that social action should not be considered a separate, distinct responsibility for the church, but is rather vital a component of evangelism. A close examination of Mark's Gospel and the biblical texts associated with idolatry, poverty, and justice provides an opportunity for church leadership to rethink the evangelistic activities of their churches and to reconsider what it means to engage their surrounding communities as agents of God's kingdom. "