In reading the bible or preaching we often gravitate towards the Parables of Jesus. These wonderfully rich stories which make up a significant portion of the Gospels are lively, edifying and memorable. Yet, as we reflect on these stories it doesn’t take long before we realize that they aren’t quite as straightforward as they might seem. Some of the parables are simply confusing even if they are full of imaginative power.
This year for Preaching Day we have invited Professor Klyne Snodgrass to join us and Professor Stephen Chester (Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament) as we explore the parables. Klyne is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary where he taught for forty-one years. The author of numerous books, he is recognized particularly for his work on the parables of Jesus. Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus was the winner of the 2009 Christianity Today award for Biblical Studies. The Journal of Theological Studies says:
“Probably few books that claim the description ‘comprehensive’ live up to the accolade. Snodgrass’s magnum opus on Jesus’ parables, however, is surely as close to an authoritative reference work on the parables as we shall see for years to come.”
- Klyne Snodgrass: Emeritus Professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary
- Dr. Stephen Chester: Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament at Wycliffe College