Parables of Jesus are stories about everyday life, ranging from a person's worldview to economic justice in society. This book examines most parables of Jesus from a critical literary perspective. Twenty-three narrative parables in the Synoptic Gospels are rearranged by their source: Markan parables, Q parables, Matthean unique parables, Lukan unique parables. Each parable invites readers to reengage Jesus's stories in the contemporary world. ""Sifting through layers of allegorical interpretation, theology, and redaction, Kim reveals the simple yet profound nature of the parables of Jesus that shatters and reconstructs our worldview afresh. Based on ordinary life in agrarian context, Kim exposes the truth of Jesus' teachings about the reign of God in the world. Through the mundane issues invoked in parabolic stories, Kim invites modern readers to reevaluate their worldview and human interactions consonant with God's rule on earth."" --Robert Wafawanaka, Associate Professor at Virginia Union University ""Yung Suk Kim mediates a life-giving encounter with the truth claim of Jesus's parables. In lucid summaries informed by critical scholarship, Kim calls readers alongside the mystery of God's kingdom, so that they may feel the presence of the divine in our world, and choose to go with God's great venture."" --Laurence L. Welborn, Professor at Fordham University Yung Suk Kim is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. Kim is the author of eight books, including Christ's Body in Corinth (2008), Biblical Interpretation (Pickwick, 2013), Resurrecting Jesus (Cascade, 2015), and Messiah in Weakness (Cascade, 2016). He edited two volumes: 1-2 Corinthians (2013) and Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-First Century (Pickwick, 2013). Kim is editor of Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion and Journal of Bible and Human Transformation.