The Parables as a Means of Communication
Boyte, Kelly Suzanne
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This paper will discuss the communicating aspect of the parables -- why they so effectively communicate, and what it is they communicate. The paper will begin with a survey of parable interpretation, because the parable heard now is dependent upon the scholarship and criticism which have eliminated less promising approaches. The second chapter will explore the various literary forms of the parable, and will establish that the parable primarily functions as a metaphor. The third chapter will concentrate on the message of the parable. Given the form of metaphor, what kind of theology is communicated? The parable "teases the mind into active thought." It continues to challenge the hearers by portraying everyday existence in new ways, by introducing new possibilities. It is hoped that this paper will aid in deepening an understanding of the parables, so that this form of the word of God can continue to be communicated in an active, challenging manner.