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Jesus and the Parables of Jesus in Q

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The subject of this chapter is not the parables at the level of oral performance by Jesus, but their literary appearance, and the way in which the "Jesus of the parables" becomes the "Jesus of Q". The author says that if the parables were properly explained, they would put the interpreter in contact with the pre- and nondogmatic Jesus. Jeremias remained persuaded that the parables afforded an unsurpassed route to the message of the historical Jesus. The parables, according to the author, combine realism with surprise. They confront the hearer with a new vision and therefore, a choice. The view that the parables function as autonomous preaching or revelatory texts became part of thesensus communis. The author discusses the puzzles arising out of the current assessment of the nature and function of Jesus' parables, and also discusses in detail all the parables in Q.

Keywords: sensus communis; Jesus of Q; Parables of Jesus



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