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May 9, 2021

Sunday School

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Zoom Meeting

Join us Sundays from 11am-12pm via Zoom for a new class looking at the parables of Jesus led by Elder Gary McGee. Jesus was a metaphorical theologian.  His primary method of creating meaning was through metaphor, simile, parable and dramatic action rather than through logic and reasonings.  He created meaning like a dramatist and a poet rather than like a philosopher.  In Western tradition, serious theology has almost always been constructed from ideas held together by logic.  In such a world the more intelligent the theologian, the more abstract he usually becomes, and the more difficult it is for the average person to understand what is being said.  In contrast, when examined with care, the parables of Jesus are simple but serious theology, and He emerges as an astute theologian. To unlock the secrets of these metaphors, we must realize that when taken in the context of the culture in which they were delivered, the parables exhibit new meanings that otherwise would be missed. We must realize further that this is not just the Word of God, but the Word of God spoken to men in history.  And finally, we must distinguish what meaning or meanings can be attributable legitimately to the parables.*

*paraphrased from “Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes” by Kenneth E. Bailey   

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