PARABLES OF JESUS, THE by William Barclay ($16.95)*

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Formerly titled "And Jesus Said". "In literature and in art there are certain possessions which the human mind will not willingly let die. There are stories which are not so much the heritage and the material of the scholar and the theologian as they are the possession of everyone; and such are the parables of Jesus. Even in an age when people know less and less of the Bible, and care less for it, it still remains true that the stories Jesus told are the best known stories in the world." In this attractive series of studies, Dr. Barclay brings to these "best known stories in the world" new force and significance for the modern reader.

The first of 34 chapters, "He Taught Them in Parables," helps the reader understand what parables are, how they were used, and how they should be interpreted. Chapter 3, "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand," surveys one of the great themes of the parables, understood in the light of the teachings of the whole Bible. Each of the other chapters analyzes an individual parable, identifies its theme, explains it in the light of the language and customs of the ancient world, and clearly interprets its meaning for us today.

WILLIAM BARCLAY, author of the world-renowned Daily Study Bible - New Testament, was noted as a profound scholar and a writer of extraordinary gifts. He studied at the University of Glasgow and at Marburg University, Germany. He was minister of Trinity Church, Renfrew, Scotland, and later, Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow. Among his many books are New Testament Words: A Companion to the Daily Study Bible and A Beginner's Guide to the New Testament.

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