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Interpreting and Applying the Parables of Jesus

AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites: NT001, NT002. Additionally for NT048-912i: 48cps at level 8, including 1 x NT unit


Christians have responded to Jesus' parables in a variety of ways since he first spoke them. Today they continue to delight and intrigue and confront. In this unit we’ll discuss the role of parables in the context of Jesus' ministry, as well as their function in the Gospels.

We’ll also look at the history of the study of the parables, especially in modern times (1800-2020), looking at both the longer story parables as well as shorter more enigmatic sayings. We’ll evaluate the various ways in which they have been studied and applied to Christian living, or formed the basis for calls to social action, especially in more recent times.

It’s not always easy to exactly locate the purpose of Jesus’ parables, but working on their original interpretation, as well as their current application to the modern world, is always worth the effort. In this unit you’ll also have the opportunity to examine one parable in depth in a research essay, present findings to the class, and reflect on the application of Jesus' parables to your own life and the lives of your Christian brothers and sisters.

Lecturer: Rev Dr Alan Mugridge lectures in New Testament at SMBC. He has a particular interest in the manuscripts of the New Testament and other early Christian papyri.
AQF level: 8/9
Lecture Mode: hybrid*
Prerequisites: NT001, NT002. Additionally for NT048-912i: 48cps at level 8, including 1 x NT unit
Enrol by Start Date: Monday 12 April 2021
Lecture Week: Monday 10 - Friday 14 May 2021
End Date: Friday 13 August 2021
Credit Points and Costs:
ANT048 = 36hrs - Audit (no assessments) - $700 on-campus*/$630 off-campus*
NT048-812i = 12cp (1 unit) - GDDiv, MDiv, MTS - $2520
NT048-912i = 12cp (1 unit) - MDiv, MTS - $2520

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