Preaching Day

Engaging the Parables of Jesus Wycliffe's annual preaching day May 11, 2021 10 AM to 1 PM

Engaging the Parables of Jesus

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In reading the bible or preaching we often gravitate towards the Parables of Jesus.  These wonderfully rich stories which make up a significant portion of the Gospels are lively, edifying and memorable.  Yet, as we reflect on these stories it doesn’t take long before we realize that they aren’t quite as straightforward as they might seem. Some of the parables are simply confusing even if they are full of imaginative power.

This year for Preaching Day we have invited Professor Klyne Snodgrass to join us and Professor Stephen Chester (Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament) as we explore the parables.  Klyne is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary where he taught for forty-one years. The author of numerous books, he is recognized particularly for his work on the parables of Jesus. Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus was the winner of the 2009 Christianity Today award for Biblical Studies.  The Journal of Theological Studies says:

“Probably few books that claim the description ‘comprehensive’ live up to the accolade. Snodgrass’s magnum opus on Jesus’ parables, however, is surely as close to an authoritative reference work on the parables as we shall see for years to come.”

 

Schedule


The First Session (Presentation by Klyne)

  • The Hermeneutics of Parables
  • The Nature of Parables
  • A Paradigm Parable: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matt 18:23-35)
  • Q & A

The Second Session

  • The Parable of the Sower and the Purpose of Parables (Mark 4:1-20)
  • The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Mark 12:1-12)

 

Speakers


Klyne Snodgrass Klyne Snodgrass is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary where he taught for forty-one years. His most important publications are Ephesians in The NIV Application Commentary, Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus, and Who God Says You Are: A Christian Understanding of Identity. For twenty-five years he was editor of Ex Auditu: An International Journal for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture.
 
Dr. Stephen Chester Dr. Stephen Chester is the Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament at Wycliffe College. He is the author of several books, including Reading Paul with the Reformers: Reconciling Old and New Perspectives, winner of the 2018 Christianity Today award for best book in Biblical Studies.