Stories with Intent offers pastors and students an accessible and comprehensive guide to Jesus' parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores the context in which these stories were told, the purpose they had in Jesus' message, and the way that they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship.
Snodgrass begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation. He offers both a new, more functional classification system for parables and guidelines for interpreting parables. Then he provides an overview of other parables - often neglected in the discussion - from the Old Testament, early Judaism, the Greco-Roman world, and later Judaism.
The remaining chapters group the longer and more important parables of Jesus thematically and give a comprehensive treatment of each, including background and significance for modern thought.
Stories with Intent is a perfect text for those who wish to delve more deeply into Christ's parables.