Spring 2014

The Parables of Jesus

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-274

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Robert Doran (Section 01)


The parables of Jesus are often seen as the most distinctive feature of Jesus’ teaching.  Through close reading, we will try to grasp what kind of a story is being told in each parable.  We will then explore to whom each particular story is told in its present literary context in the gospels.  Can one read these parables outside this literary context and recover an “original” formulation more suited to the socio-economic world of first-century CE Galilee?  Are these parables less about describing the heavenly kingdom than about challenging real groups to change their positions?

Spring semester.  Professor Doran.


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014