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Bibil Identifier bibil:219685
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Are There Parables in John? It Is Time to Revisit the Question
Author Zimmermann, Ruben
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 9, Issue: 2-3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 243-276 Pages
Genre Original
Notes Translator: Dieter T. Roth.
Abstract A point of agreement between historical-Jesus scholarship and Johannine scholarship is that there are no parables in the Fourth Gospel. The following article, however, questions this consensus on both historical and literary grounds. Drawing on the insights of memory research, the following discussion will not seek to peer 'behind' the text, but rather embraces the text itself as a historical document of the memory of Jesus. Additionally, new genre theories necessitate a shift in the application of form criticism to the parable genre. Taking these new methodological insights into account, one finds texts in John that have the same right to be called 'parables' as texts found in the Synoptic Gospels. Furthermore, these Johannine parables, in their specific form of remembering, preserve and reveal important theological aspects of Jesus' parables.
DOI 10.1163/174551911X612818
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Parable
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Gospel of John
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