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The Power of Parable
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John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus at De Paul University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus (T&T Clark 1992) and The Greatest Prayer (SPCK 2011).

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"A refreshing and stunningly insightful treatment of the gospels as parables. In this book John Dominic Crossan has solidified his reputation as the greatest New Testament scholar of our generation."--John Shelby Spong, author of Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World
"John Dominic Crossan, who has given the world a series of insightful books on Jesus, has done it again. His innovative presentation... offers a brilliant new way of looking at parable and metaphor in the gospels and in the life of Jesus of Nazareth."--Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies Chapman University
"John Dominic Crossan has done it again. His innovative presentation of how Jesus told stories about God's kingdom and how the gospel authors told stories about Jesus offers a brilliant new way of looking at parable and metaphor in the gospels and in the life of Jesus of Nazareth."--Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies Chapman University
"A remarkable and important book for Christians and for all who seek to understand the Bible better--Crossan combines his customary literary and historical brilliance with fresh insights that illuminate not only the parables of Jesus but much of the Bible as a whole."--Marcus J. Borg, author of Speaking Christian
"This book is like unto a virus, which a crafty leprechaun took, and infected our preferred operating systems with a Jesus O/S, that is incompatible with previous versions. Verily I say unto ye, Fortunate is the church if a little Crossan goes viral. It may leaveneth the whole lump."--Rev. David Felten & Rev. Jeff Procter-Murphy, co-creators of the Living the Questions series
"A fascinating book, written with Crossan's usual lucidity but likely to disturb conservative Christians; a must for most academic and seminary libraries as well as many church groups and pastors."--Library Journal
"Moving from the parables of Israel's Scriptures to the parables told by Jesus of Nazareth to the parables of his life recorded in the ancient Gospels, Crossan combines acute historical investigation with challenging theological observation. In so doing, he recovers the profundity, and the provocation, of the biblical tradition."--Amy-Jill Levine, author of THE MEANING OF THE BIBLE
"Crossan's exceptional clarity and methodical presentation combine to make this one of the best, most enthralling Bible-study courses many readers will ever take."--Booklist (starred review)
"Offers valuable and accessible insights into the intentions of the evangelists and the revolutionary content of the gospels."--Publishers Weekly

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