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Friday, November 11, 2005

Announcement: 150 Parables

I have received an email message from the daughter of a man, Deacon Michael Carrell, who believes he has found a literary key to the entire New Testament. His website, The 150 Parables, states, in part:
All of the writers in the New Testament have written their books and letters in Stories, using the literary form of the parables of Jesus. The literary form of the parables of Jesus is explained in detail in the book The 150 Parables.
This is the kind of claim which deserves to be examined within the community of biblical scholars, especially those concerned with the literary structures of the Bible. If Deacon Carrell is right, then he has uncovered an important tool which can help us highlight the literary structures of the New Testament better in translation. If he is not right, he will at least have raised an important thesis which biblical scholars can wrestle with, so that in the process we all grow further in our understanding of the literary structures of the Bible.

UPDATE: The book The 150 Parables is being revised now. The author prefers that those who wish to buy the book wait until the revisions are made so they can purchase the most up-to-date version of the book. The revised book should be ready for sale in a month or two.

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At Tue Jan 03, 08:32:00 AM, Blogger Anne and Mike said...

I'm Mike Carrell's daughter. When this blog post was written, my dad was calling the literary form, the literary form of the parables of Jesus. Since late November 2005, there has been a new understanding. The literary form has been recognized as one of the narrative traditions found in the Hebrew Scriptures. So, the literary form is now named, the Literary Form of the Parable. This literary form must have been passed down to certain scribes over the centuries. The scribes who became disciples of Jesus used this special literary form while forming the Christian scriptures. The literary form is well-defined and invariable, and shows the intended meaning that the writers are conveying to us. In the gospels, for example, events are used in different ways by different writers... on purpose. The events, and the way they protray them, in the Stories that they have written are used to make certain points within their narrative. By understanding the literary form, the reason becomes clear.

It is imperitive for Bible scholars to understand the literary form in which the New Testament books and letters have been written.

(Each book and letter in the NT is written in Stories in the Literary Form of the Parable. Each Story has a particular theme and several critical relationships give meaning to the entire Story.)


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