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Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

File Name: Bruce, A.B - The Parabolic Teaching of Christ: A Systematic and Critical Study of the Parables of our Lord
File Submitter: Josh Bond
File Submitted: 02 Apr 2012
File Updated: 02 Apr 2012
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Author: Alexander Bruce
theWord Version: 3.2.x

The full book title is: The Parabolic Teaching of Christ: A Systematic and Critical Study OF THE PARABLES OF OUR LORD

Many will recognize A.B. Bruce as the author of The Training of the Twelve, along with many other books. Bruce was the Professor Of Apologetic And New Testament Exegesis at the Free Church College in Glasgow.

Every Bible student should make "shelf space" for Bruce's scholarly, systematic study of Jesus' parables. Fortunately, this resource for theWord is digital and would not require the inches of the printed edition, weighing in at nearly 600 pages (and 1.5 megabytes of text). Bruce's scholarly treatment of this subject is equal to, if not beyond, Trench's work on the parables.

Bruce conducts hundreds of word studies and Greek analysis as he examines and discusses (at length) the parables of our Lord. The substantial scholarship and analysis of the 788 footnotes have been preserved, with footnotes appearing just below the paragraph where they were referenced (inline footnotes would have been too distracting due to footnote length and frequency.)

Bruce and Trench differ in their analysis. A. B. Bruce lists 33 parables and eight "parable germs", while Trench recognizes 30 parables. It would seem that Christ's teaching in parables did not come until His rejection by the nation of Israel was becoming clear, and He saw the need to speak in a manner understood by His true followers, but not understood by the mere curious or those who were hostile to His ministry. Bruce shows that there was a progression toward the parabolic method from beatitudes to metaphors and similes to parables.

"The treatment of what Bruce calls 'Parable-germs,' or the undeveloped parables of each gnomic expressions, such as 'They that be whole have no need of a physician,' etc, or of such similes as that of the builders on the rock and on the sand, is connected with the more elaborated pictures of the parables properly so called."

Bruce divides the parables into three groups:
  • The didactic parables (e.g. parables of the Sower, the Tares, the Mustard Seed) which relate in a general way to teachings concerning the Kingdom of God;
  • The evangelic parables (e.g. parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Son, the Great Supper) which deal with Christ’s love for the sinful; and
  • The prophetic or judicial parables (e.g. parables such as the Ten Virgins and the Wicked Husbandman).
Table of Contents:
Title Page
Prefatory Note
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Book 1. Theoretic Parables
-----Chapter 1. The Sower
-----Chapter 2. The Tares and the Drag-Net
-----Chapter 3. The Treasure and the Pearl
-----Chapter 4. The Mustard Seed and the Leaven
-----Chapter 5. The Blade, the Ear, and the Full Corn
-----Chapter 6. The Selfish Neighbour and the Unjust Judge
-----Chapter 7. The Parable of Extra Service
-----Chapter 8. The Hours, the Talents, and the Pounds
Book 2. The Parables of Grace
-----Chapter 1. The Two Debtors
-----Chapter 2. The Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son
-----Chapter 3. The Children of the Bride-chamber
-----Chapter 4. The Lowest Seats at Feasts, and the Pharisee and the Publican
-----Chapter 5. The Great Supper
-----Chapter 6. The Good Samaritan
-----Chapter 7. The Unjust Steward
-----Chapter 8. Dives and Lazarus, and the Unmerciful Servant
Book 3. The Parables of Judgment
-----Chapter 1. The Children in the Market-place
-----Chapter 2. The Barren Fig-Tree
-----Chapter 3. The Two Sons
-----Chapter 4. The Wicked Husbandmen
-----Chapter 5. The Wedding-Feast and the Wedding-Robe
-----Chapter 6. The Unfaithful Upper Servant
-----Chapter 7. The Ten Virgins

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