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Puzzling the Jesus of the Parables: A response to Ruben Zimmermann

Llewellyn Howes

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 73, No 4 (2017), 9 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v73i4.4480

Submitted: 07 December 2016
Published:  10 July 2017


This article responds to Ruben Zimmermann’s latest book, Puzzling the Parables of Jesus (2015). In particular, one aspect of his proposed method is challenged, namely, his conscious attempt to do away with considerations of the pre-Easter context when interpreting the parables. The article finishes by proposing a variant methodology of parable interpretation, featuring the parable of the Good Samaritan as a working example.

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Llewellyn Howes, Department of Religion Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Ruben Zimmermann; Parables of Jesus; Good Samaritan; Historical Jesus; Methodology; Interpretation; Exegesis


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