Parables for Our Time?

Tania Oldenhage

in Parables for Our Time

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150520
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834549 | DOI:

Series: AAR Cultural Criticism Series

 Parables for Our Time?

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Considers the motivations underlying the widespread efforts in biblical scholarship to find similarities between the parables of Jesus and twentieth‐century literature. Oldenhage's focus is on the frequent comparison between the stories of Jesus and the stories of Franz Kafka. She argues that such comparisons are not only driven by an interest in formal or generic similarities. She argues that scholarly projects that find parallels between Jesus and Kafka are also driven by the desire to have Jesus’ stories speak to twentieth‐century catastrophe and thus to make Christian Scripture relevant for our own time. While Oldenhage acknowledges the importance of such a hermeneutics of New Testament parables, she argues that it needs to be spelled out and explored more thoroughly.

Keywords: parables of Jesus; Kafka; twentieth‐century literature; biblical scholarship; hermeneutics

Chapter.  6985 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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