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  • Author: Alexander Bruce
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Download Bruce, A. B. - The Parabolic Teaching of Christ: A Systematic and Critical Study of the Parables of our Lord

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Parables Expository Topics
Alexander Bruce

e-Sword Version:
9.x - 10.x

The full book title is: The Parabolic Teaching of Christ: A Systematic and Critical Study OF THE PARABLES OF OUR LORD

Many will recognize A.B. Bruce as the author of The Training of the Twelve, along with many other books. Bruce was the Professor Of Apologetic And New Testament Exegesis at the Free Church College in Glasgow.

Every Bible student should make "shelf space" for Bruce's scholarly, systematic study of Jesus' parables. Fortunately, this resource for e-Sword is digital and would not require the inches of the printed edition, weighing in at nearly 600 pages (and 1.5 megabytes of text). Bruce's scholarly treatment of this subject is equal to, if not beyond, Trench's work on the parables.

Bruce conducts hundreds of word studies and Greek analysis as he examines and discusses (at length) the parables of our Lord. The substantial scholarship and analysis of the 788 footnotes have been preserved, with footnotes appearing just below the paragraph where they were referenced (inline footnotes would have been too distracting due to footnote length and frequency.)

Bruce and Trench differ in their analysis. A. B. Bruce lists 33 parables and eight "parable germs", while Trench recognizes 30 parables. It would seem that Christ's teaching in parables did not come until His rejection by the nation of Israel was becoming clear, and He saw the need to speak in a manner understood by His true followers, but not understood by the mere curious or those who were hostile to His ministry. Bruce shows that there was a progression toward the parabolic method from beatitudes to metaphors and similes to parables.

"The treatment of what Bruce calls 'Parable-germs,' or the undeveloped parables of each gnomic expressions, such as 'They that be whole have no need of a physician,' etc, or of such similes as that of the builders on the rock and on the sand, is connected with the more elaborated pictures of the parables properly so called."

Bruce divides the parables into three groups:
  • The didactic parables (e.g. parables of the Sower, the Tares, the Mustard Seed) which relate in a general way to teachings concerning the Kingdom of God;
  • The evangelic parables (e.g. parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Son, the Great Supper) which deal with Christ’s love for the sinful; and
  • The prophetic or judicial parables (e.g. parables such as the Ten Virgins and the Wicked Husbandman).
Table of Contents:
0.1. Title Page
0.2. Prefatory Note
0.3. Preface
0.4. Introductory
0.5. Prepared by BibleSupport.com
01. Book 1. Theoretic Parables
02.-----Chapter 1. The Sower  
03.-----Chapter 2. The Tares and the Drag-Net
04.-----Chapter 3. The Treasure and the Pearl
05.-----Chapter 4. The Mustard Seed and the Leaven
06.-----Chapter 5. The Blade, the Ear, and the Full Corn
07.-----Chapter 6. The Selfish Neighbour and the Unjust Judge
08.-----Chapter 7. The Parable of Extra Service
09.-----Chapter 8. The Hours, the Talents, and the Pounds
10. Book 2. The Parables of Grace
12.-----Chapter 1. The Two Debtors
13.-----Chapter 2. The Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son
14.-----Chapter 3. The Children of the Bride-chamber
15.-----Chapter 4. The Lowest Seats at Feasts, and the Pharisee and the Publican
16.-----Chapter 5. The Great Supper
17.-----Chapter 6. The Good Samaritan
18.-----Chapter 7. The Unjust Steward
19.-----Chapter 8. Dives and Lazarus, and the Unmerciful Servant
20. Book 3. The Parables of Judgment
21.-----Chapter 1. The Children in the Market-place  
22.-----Chapter 2. The Barren Fig-Tree
23.-----Chapter 3. The Two Sons
24.-----Chapter 4. The Wicked Husbandmen
25.-----Chapter 5. The Wedding-Feast and the Wedding-Robe
26.-----Chapter 6. The Unfaithful Upper Servant
27.-----Chapter 7. The Ten Virgins

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