Parable of the Prodigal Son: Conclusions

This post is the final post in our series examining interpretations of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Last week we examined the interpretations of Hultgren, Rohrbaugh, and Schottroff and demonstrated the hermeneutical diversity concerning parable interpretation in current scholarship. In today’s final post in this series, we offer some reflection upon the implicit critiquesContinue reading “Parable of the Prodigal Son: Conclusions”

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Book Review: Varieties of Religious Experience (James)

In The Varieties of Religious Experience, a work based on his delivery of the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, William James sought to examine from the perspective of psychology the subject of religious experiences, seeking to understand man and his consciousness concerning religion.[1] Varieties has become a classic work in a number ofContinue reading “Book Review: Varieties of Religious Experience (James)”

Recommended Reading: August 9-15

Below are this week’s recommended readings from around the internet. We moved this week from Winston-Salem (NC) to Saint Louis (MO) – there will be more on that later – so I apologize for the relative lack of suggestions. Things should return to normal this coming week. As always, if there are any blogs thatContinue reading “Recommended Reading: August 9-15”

Parable of the Prodigal Son: Luise Schottroff

This post is part of our ongoing series examining interpretations of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Having surveyed Hultgren and Rohrbaugh’s perspectives in our two previous posts, we now turn to feminist scholar Luise Schottroff’s interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son found within The Parables of Jesus. In this work Schottroff embedsContinue reading “Parable of the Prodigal Son: Luise Schottroff”

Parable of the Prodigal Son: Richard Rohrbaugh

This post is part of our ongoing series examining interpretations of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. We now turn to the examination of our second perspective in the interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the view of Richard L. Rohrbaugh, which provides us with an example of parable interpretation from the perspectiveContinue reading “Parable of the Prodigal Son: Richard Rohrbaugh”

Parable of the Prodigal Son: Arland Hultgren

This post is part of our ongoing series examining interpretations of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Arland J. Hultgren’s interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son found in The Parables of Jesus offers a commentary style interpretation that will function within this paper as an example of several facets of the “traditional” ChristianContinue reading “Parable of the Prodigal Son: Arland Hultgren”

Parable of the Prodigal Son: Introduction

The parables of Jesus have long been perceived by Christians and scholars alike as instances of impressive theological reflection and noteworthiness within the writings of the Church for their simplicity, depth, and history of diverse interpretation. Building upon a long scholastic history of reading and interpreting the parables of Jesus found within the synoptic textsContinue reading “Parable of the Prodigal Son: Introduction”

Book Review: The Corinthian Body (Martin)

First Century Corinth was arguably one of the most important locales for Paul of Tarsus as he propagated his message about Jesus of Nazareth in the first century, as literary evidence suggests that he wrote at least three letters to this Roman city and stayed there for some time when he wrote his letter toContinue reading “Book Review: The Corinthian Body (Martin)”

Recommended Reading: August 2-8

Below are this week’s suggested readings from around the internet. If you think there’s a blog I need to be reading, please let me know in the comments section below. As always, I hope you find these suggestions thought-provoking. Cheers, JP If You Only Read One Article, Read Advice to Young Scholars by Robert P.Continue reading “Recommended Reading: August 2-8”

Reflections on Harry Potter

“I cannot get a cup of tea large enough nor a book long enough” –C. S. Lewis Much like C.S. Lewis, since I acquired the ability to read, I have always greatly enjoyed the reading of books. Lots of them. In fact, during elementary school I once read so many of the books in ourContinue reading “Reflections on Harry Potter”