By Maurice Casey
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81 Jesus does not need to be saved from allegory. Parables are allegorical, some more so than others. Parables refer outside themselves, or they — except for the single indirect stories — are not parables. If something is thought to stem from the early church, that must be determined on other grounds than that some feature is allegorical. A number of scholars have no hesitation in describing Jesus’ parables as allegories,82 and keeping allegory as a category of parables is possible, if one so chooses, even if the category is confusing.
Children (and adults) do not say, “Tell me some facts”; they want a story. Stories are inherently interesting. Discourse we tolerate; to story we attend. Story entertains, informs, involves, motivates, authenticates, and mirrors existence. By creating a narrative world, stories establish an unreal, controlled universe. The author abducts us and — almost god-like — tells us what reality exists in this narrative world, what happens, and why. Stories are one of the few places that allow us to see reality, at least the reality the author creates.
To my students at North Park Theological Seminary — Past, Present, and Future and To Gabriel and Caeden who are wonders to behold Preface This is unapologetically and quite consciously a selfishly motivated book. This is what I want when preparing to teach or preach on the parables. Hopefully others will find useful what I have collected. This is not a devotional book or a book to be read through at one sitting. It is a resource book for the parables. Are parables so complex that they require a comprehensive guide?