New Sunday Seminar Series Starts January 6th

Join Herman Waetjen 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. On the following three Sundays Herman would like those who will be attending these seminars to choose at least one parable from the list below for each following Sunday that they would like to discuss.

Here is a select list of parables from which choices can be made:

Parable of the Wicked Tenants
(Mark 12:1-12)

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

Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
(Matthew 18:21-35)

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
(Matthew 20:1-16)

Parable of the Ten Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-12)

Parable of the Talents/Mnas (2)
(Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 19:11-27)

Parable of the Good Samaritan
(Luke 10:25-37)

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

Parable of the Unjust Steward
(Luke 16:1-9)

Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
(Luke 16:19-31)


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.

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