Sunday Seminar Series: The Parables of Jesus

Starts: Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 11:30 am
Ends: Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 1:00 am

Join the Rev. Dr. Herman Waetjen, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary for a 4-series Sunday Seminar on the Parables of Jesus starting on January 6th.

Parables are a very distinctive type of story. They offer comparisons of two opposed worlds: the world in which Jesus’ hearers are living their lives, and that is usually the story itself. But Jesus is using the story as a comparison (“the kingdom of God is like”) to disclose another world, the world of justice, love and inclusiveness that he is actualizing through his teaching and his healing. His parables are encountered only in Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the authors of these gospels have placed his stories in narrative contexts that do not necessarily correspond to the historical contexts of his ministry. So Jesus’ parables generally have two meanings: first of all, what they communicate in each of the gospels, and secondly, what they originally conveyed during his ministry in Palestine. Two thousand years have passed, and his parables continue to have profound applications and meanings for us today.

There will be four Sunday Seminars in January 2013 devoted to Jesus’ parables.

January 6 will start with the Parable of the Sower, told by Jesus in Mark 4:1-20 and retold in Matthew 13:1-23 and Luke 8:4-18.

January 13: Parable of the Wheat and the Darnels (1)
(Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43)

January 20: The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1-13).

January 27,following the Annual Meeting:

The Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:12-24) and

The Parable of the Incompetent Manager (Luke 16:1-8).

1 A Eurasian ryegrass (genus Lolium), esp. the widespread L.
temulentum with poisonous seeds.
2 Mnas is a Mediterranean currency, like Talents. A Talent is
equivalent to 5000 Denarii; a Mna is equivalent to 100 Denarii.