Jesus' use of figures of speech, proverbs, and stories shows the simplicity, depth of insight, and subliminity of thought that only a master teacher can express. But the parables of Jesus are more than just great literature. As the author observes, "It is often overlooked that the primary purpose of the parables was to instruct those to whom the parables were originally spoken." In fact, almost one-third of Christ's teachings in the Gospels is given in the form of parables.
In order to properly interpret the parables, the author describes the context in which each parable was spoken and the background against which it was delivered. He then explains the problem or question that each parable addresses and the solution it contains. Includes discussions of more than forty parables.
J. Dwight Pentecost is Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary where he has served since 1955. He holds a B. A. from Hampden-Sydney College and Th. M. and Th. D. degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary.