The Parables of Jesus the Galilean
Stories of a Social Prophet
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Despite a century and more of decrying allegorical interpretation of the parables, the practice is still pervasive in New Testament scholarship. But by taking seriously the cultural distance between our world and that of Jesus, and then mining the ancient papyri for the actual realities of people's lives, van Eck has produced a compelling, fresh, and truly realistic reading of the parables of Jesus."
--Richard Rohrbaugh, Paul S. Wright Professor Emeritus of Christian Studies, Lewis and Clark College; Author of 9 books, including Social Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels (co-authored with Bruce J. Malina), and The New Testament in Cross-Cultural Perspective
"In this collection of essays, the van Eck project--a social scientifically informed 'realistic reading' of the parables--is on full display. It represents a worthy and timely contribution to the long-standing and sometimes stagnant history of parable research."
--Zeba Crook, Professor of Religion, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada