Harvey K. McArthur and Robert M. Johnston and Academic Bpooks/Zondervan Publishing House in Grand Rapids, MI deeply researched to provide this guidebook to the 115 early rabbinic parables. These authors speak of 2,000 parables in rabbinique literature. In my book From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage, I speak of the four aspects of rabbinique parables, which are found in some, but not all, of the 33 of Jesus' parables discussed in my new book. (http://www.CambridgeBooks.us)
Since the periods mentioned go from 200 and 220 AD to later, Jesus' parables appear to predate these. It was not clear when the 2,000 parablesmentioned were told and recorded.
What's important about this book? The history, the ability to see 115 rabbinic parables, seeing comparisons between these and some of Jesus' parables.
What would make a reader buy this book? Curiosity about parabolic storytelling, character-building religious stories, and just wanting to understand some of the reasons why clearly one-third of Jesus' teaching is in the parables. That's a significant number. And, what do most people remember about the teachings of Jesus? Certainly, the prayer, The Our Father, but also from children to adults also the parables.
What did I learn from this book? Jesus was a much better story-teller than these surviving rabbinic parables would indicate the ancient rabbis were. Jesus' stories engaged me much more.
Jews, Christians and others can certainly benefit from learning these teaching stories.
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