The Radical Parables of Jesus
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(In person only; taught by Gail Greenwell) The parables of Jesus are among the most recognized stories in the world, but too often, the church has domesticated the parables and in an attempt to render them inoffensive. What do the parables really mean? How we understand them when our own culture is so far from the agrarian First Century world of Jesus? (Read more below.)
In this course, we will try to reclaim the radical and subversive nature of the parables of Jesus as revelatory of God’s own character. We will learn to examine the parable’s historical and cultural setting, the analogies Jesus uses, the patterns of the stories, the audience, and the details revealed about the characters in the story. Most of all, we will consider what clues we find in each parable as to the mystery of God, God’s relationship with us and our contemporary context. In five sessions, we will examine some of our beloved favorites – the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan – as well as the ones that irritate and challenge us such as the Laborers in the Vineyard.
About the instructor: The Very Reverend Gail Greenwell recently retired as dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. Dean Greenwell relishes in studying and preaching the parables of Jesus with an eye to a fresh understanding of their powerful messages.