PARABLES OF JESUS
This is a short selection from the St. Michaels College catalogue.
Except for minor changes (e.g. deleting author dates), I have not edited the list, (e.g.,
using upper case). Sometimes, the reference is not complete but enough is there to find
Surveys and bibliography can be found in the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, The
New Jerome Biblical Commentary, the Anchor Bible Dictionary. Another
approach is to open Amazon on the Internet and search for "parables" or
"Jesus and parables" etc.
The choice of material on the parables depends on what level you seek: scholarly,
popular, devotional etc. I include some of each in this list. You may find Donahue or
Drury satisfactory for many purposes.
Donahue, John R. The Gospel in Parable: Metaphor, Narrative, and Theology in the
Synoptic Gospels. 1st paperback ed. 1990.
Barclay, William. And Jesus Said; a Handbook on the Parables of Jesus.
Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1970. Popular.
Chilton, Bruce. Jesus and the Ethics of the Kingdom. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B.
Crossan, John Dominic. Raid on the Articulate: Comic Eschatology in Jesus and
Borges. 1st ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.
Dodd, C. H. (Charles Harold). The Parables of the Kingdom. [Rev. ed.]. New
York, Scribner, 1961. Groundbreaking at the time.
Donahue, John R. The Gospel in Parable: Metaphor, Narrative, and Theology in the
Synoptic Gospels. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988.
Drury, John, The Parables in the Gospels: History and Allegory. New York:
Harrington, Wilfrid J. Parables Told by Jesus; a Contemporary Approach to the
Parables. New York, Alba House, 1975.
Hendrickx, Herman. The Parables of Jesus. Rev. ed. London, England: G.
Chapman; San Francisco, Calif.: Harper & Row. 1986.
Jeremias, Joachim. The Parables of Jesus. 2d rev. ed. New York: Scribner.
1972. Scholarly, groundbreaking at the time.
Kissinger, Warren S. The Parables of Jesus: a History of Interpretation and
Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1979.
Lambrecht, Jan. Out of the Treasure: the Parables in the Gospel of Matthew,
Lambrecht, Jan. Once More Astonished: the Parables of Jesus. New York: Crossroad,
Linnemann, Eta. Parables of Jesus: Introduction and Exposition. London, S.P.C.K.,
McArthur, Harvey K. They Also Taught in Parables: Rabbinic Parables from the First
Centuries of the Christian Era. 1990.
Perkins, Pheme. Hearing the Parables of Jesus. New York, N.Y.: Paulist Press,
Schultz, Charles. There is a Peanuts and the parables publication of some years ago.
Scott, Bernard Brandon. Hear Then the Parable: a Commentary on the Parables of
Jesus. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989. Very good, scholarly.
Westermann, Claus. The Parables of Jesus in the Light of the Old Testament.
Minneapolis MN: Fortress, 1990.
Young, Brad. I. The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation.
Peabody Mass: Hendrickson, 1998.
Below, find a few other suggestions. I am indebted to Richard Myhalyk, SSE, for these
Reid, Barbara E. Parables for Preachers: The Gospel of Mark,
Year B. Collegeville, The Liturgical Press, 1998. ISBN 0-8146-2551-7.
Fresh variety of possible meanings not only for Jesus original audience and for the
early Christians but also for contemporary Christians. Follows the order of the
Lectionary. Barbara E. Reid, O.P. Ph.D., is professor of New Testament at Catholic
Dmitri, Archbishop. The Parables: Biblical, Patristic and Liturgical Interpretation.
Crestwood, St. Vladimirs Seminary Press, Tradition Books, 1996. ISBN 0-88141-067-5.
Twenty-seven sections. Examines the Gospel texts and their interpretation by the
Fathers and liturgical texts. Archbishop Dmitri (Royster) is Archbishop of Dallas
and the South in the Orthodox Church in America.
McBride, Denis. The Parables of Jesus. Liguori, Triumph. 1999.
Denis McBride is a Redemptorist priest from Scotland. For many years he has been rector of
Hawkstone Hall, the international center of spiritual renewal in Shropshire, where he has
lectured in New Testament Studies.
McKenna, Megan. Parables: The Arrows of God. Maryknoll,
Orbis Books, 1994. ISBN 0-88344-975-7.
Megan McKenna, well known for her workshops and retreats as well as cassette tapes,
received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. She has
taught in Chicago, San Francisco, Dublin and Albuquerque.
Hughes, John Jay. Stories Jesus Told: Modern Meditations on
the Parables. Liguori, Liguori, 1999. ISBN 0-7648-0413-8.
Rev. John Jay Hughes, a Catholic priest since 1954, is a noted Church historian.
Currently, he is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri.
Ford, Richard Q. The Parables of Jesus: Recovering the Art of
Listening. Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8006-2938-8.
Richard Q. Ford, M.Div., Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in the private practice of
psychotherapy in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Herzog II, William R. Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as
Pedagogue of the Oppressed. Louisville, Westminster/John Know Press, 1994. ISBN
Uses relatively new methodologies of social scientists and applies them to two groups of
parables: the world of oppression and the challenges of that world. William R.
Herzog, II is Vice President for Academic Life, Dean of the Faculty, and Professor of New
Testament Interpretation, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, New York.
Carter, Warren and John Paul Heil. Matthews Parables:
Audience-Oriented Perspectives. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series 30,
Washington, The Catholic Biblical Association of America. 1998. ISBN 0-915170-29-9.
An experiment in reading the parables within Matthews gospel. There is a deliberate
ambiguity here. Limited to parables in Matthew's gospel. The central focus concerns what
happens as the gospels audience interacts with the parables in their present form
and in their current placement within the plot of Matthews gospel.
Winterhalter, Robert. Jesus Parables: Finding our God
Within. New York, Paulist Press, 1993. ISBN 0-8091-3442-X.
Reexamines the parables in the light of our inner search and the many surprising insights
found in the collection of early Christian Gnostic manuscripts discovered at Nag Hammadi.
Robert Winterhalter. Ph.D. is President of Irwin Gregg Divinity School in St.
Louis, Missouri. He is the author of many articles and books.
Walker, Robert Martin. Politically Correct Parables.
Kansas City, Andrews and McMeel, 1996. ISBN 0-8362-14409-4.
Retells a variety of biblical parables. Robert Martin Walker is an ordained United
Methodist minister who has written ten books about the New Testament. With graduate
degrees from the Perkins School of Theology and SMU and Yale Divinity School, Walker
preached weekly to congregations in Texas and Connecticut for fifteen years. He is now a
full-time writer living in Darien, Connecticut.
Capon, Robert Farrar. The Parables of the Kingdom. Grand
Rapids, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995. ISBN 0-8028-0605-8.
This first volume of Capons trilogy on the parables covers the short, almost
one-sentence parables that occur in the Gospels before the feeding of the five thousand.
Among these parables are the Sower, the Mustard Seed, the Pearl of Great Price, and the
Capon, Robert Farrar. The Parables of Grace. Grand Rapids,
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996. ISBN 0-8028-3648-8.
In this second volume in Capons trilogy on Jesus parables, the author
considers the generally short stories occurring between the feeding of the five thousand
and the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Capon, Robert Farrar. The Parables of Judgment. Grand
Rapids, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993. ISBN 0-8028-3650-X.
Capon here discusses the parables of judgment spoken as well as acted during the
last part of Jesus ministry. . Robert Farrar Capon is an Episcopal priest and a
free-lance writer who has written many other books.
Fichtner, OSC Joseph. Many Things in Parables: Reflections for
Life. New York, Alba House, 1988. ISBN 0-8189-0536-0.
Thirty-eight New Testament parables are retold, reflected on and applied to life in the 20th
century. Author, scholar and teacher, Father Joseph Fichtner, OSC holds an STL from
Catholic University of America and an STD from the Angelicum in Rome. He is presently
associated with the Crosier Community in Phoenix, Arizona.