The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus

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This translation is based on the sixth German edition (1962). As compared with the first English edition (1954) which was based on the third German edition (1954) the book has been thoroughly revised and considerably enlarged. More room has been allowed to the exegesis of the individual parables, particular attention being paid to interpreting them against their local Palestinian background. Besides, a discussion of the parables in the Gospel of Thomas, translated into German by O. Hofius, is included. It was an unexpected encouragement to me to find that they confirmed the results reached in the second section of my book to a considerable extent. I wish to express my gratitude to Professor S. H. Hooke who devoted his great skill as a translator to both English editions of this book, to Miss K. Downham, Assistant Editor of SCM Press, to Professor B. Gerrish of McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill., and to my assistant, Dr. C. Burchard, who helped with the manuscript and the proofs.

How much the work is indebted for stimulus and instruction to C. H. Dodd's fundamentally important book The Parables of the Kingdom , London, 1936, is indicated at many points. Professor Dodd's book has opened a new era in the study of the parables; although differences of opinion with regard to some details may exist, yet it is unthinkable that there should ever be any retreat from the essential lines laid down by Dodd for the interpretation of the parables of Jesus. My own contribution is the attempt to arrive at the earliest attainable form of Jesus' parabolic teaching. It is to be hoped that the reader will perceive that the aim of the critical analysis contained in the second part of this book is nothing less than a return, as well grounded as possible, to the very words of Jesus himself. Only the Son of Man and his word can invest our message with full authority.

Göttingen JOACHIM JEREMIAS

February 1962 . . .

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