John Dominic Crossan returns to the podcast to discuss how Jesus the parable teller became the parable of God. You will hear him describe the nature of parables and their role in the kingdom ministry of Jesus. This parabolic framework helps him unpack the nature of the four Gospels and how they function to make space for God today. In the conversation, we mention some Dom’s books, including The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus The Dark Interval: Towards a Theology of Story, and Resurrecting Easter.
John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American biblical scholar with two-year post-doctoral diplomas in exegesis from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and in archeology from Jerusalem’s École Biblique. He has been a mendicant friar and a catholic priest, a Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a President of the Society of Biblical Literature. His focus, whether scholarly or popular, in books, videos, or lectures, is on the historical Jesus as the norm and criterion for the entire Christian Bible. His reconstructed Jesus incarnates nonviolent resistance to the Romanization of his Jewish homeland and future hope of a transformed world and transfigured earth. Crossan’s method is to situate biblical texts within the reconstructed matrix of their own genre and purpose, their own time and place, and to hear them accurately for then before accepting or rejecting them for now.
Previous Podcast Episodes with Dom & Tripp
- How to think about Jesus like a Historian
- the Last Week of Jesus’ Life
- Jesus, Paul, & Bible Questions
- Saving the Biblical Christmas Stories
- the most important discovery for understanding Jesus
- The Bible, Violence, & Our Future
- Resurrecting Easter
- on the First Christmas
- From Jesus’ Parables to Parables of God
- Render Unto Caesar
- on God & Empire