The Parables: Understanding What Jesus Taught

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Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
Rice School for Pastoral Ministry
(5 customer reviews)
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The Parables: Understanding What Jesus Taught

Podcast-style audio course -
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
Rice School for Pastoral Ministry
(5 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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How does the Gospel communicate the eternal truth?

Jesus was perhaps the world’s greatest storyteller because his sometimes-surprising parables conveyed timeless truths. While modern expressions of truth often reflect scientific frameworks, the ancient world just as powerfully expressed crucial truths through parables—stories that illustrate a truth by expressing it as fiction.

In this exceptional lecture series, you will explore how Jesus used this teaching method to preach the Good News and address vital issues in society. You will journey through the most beloved parables: the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Lost Sheep, and many more. As you do so, you will come to understand the message of the Gospel as never before. As Fr. Raymond Collins praises, “Andrea Molinari and Jack Conroy breathe new life into the parables of Jesus.”

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Audio Sample:

How does the Gospel communicate the eternal truth?

Jesus was perhaps the world’s greatest storyteller because his sometimes-surprising parables conveyed timeless truths. While modern expressions of truth often reflect scientific frameworks, the ancient world just as powerfully expressed crucial truths through parables—stories that illustrate a truth by expressing it as fiction.

In this exceptional lecture series, you will explore how Jesus used this teaching method to preach the Good News and address vital issues in society. You will journey through the most beloved parables: the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Lost Sheep, and many more. As you do so, you will come to understand the message of the Gospel as never before. As Fr. Raymond Collins praises, “Andrea Molinari and Jack Conroy breathe new life into the parables of Jesus.”

You will take two Scripture experts as your guides for delving into the Word of God. Under their guidance, you will examine the literary and historical context of the ancient texts that incorporate parables. After exploring a selection of illuminating parables in the Old Testament and documents outside of the biblical canon, you will dive into the New Testament, looking at 12 of the most powerful and enduring parables told by Jesus. You will ask two essential questions: “What does the parable say?” and, “What does the parable mean?”

As you move through these lectures, you will more fully understand the teaching of Jesus and engage the Word of God in your daily life.

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Prof. John T. Conroy, Jr., received his doctorate in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. His focus of studies was in Hellenistic Judaism and Christian Origins.
He has published in Studia Philonica Annual, and he has taught courses focusing on both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament at the Rice School for Pastoral Ministry, in conjunction with Barry University. Prof. Conroy has been active in the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County, Florida, and other venues.
Praise for Jack Conroy
Jack Conroy is a fine New Testament scholar, a gifted teacher, and a dedicated Catholic. These lectures combine faith and scholarship in clear and compelling presentations. They are a breath of fresh air for any who are interested in the parables.” – Gregory E. Sterling, Ph.D., The Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School
”Andrea Molinari and Jack Conroy, who have worked together for several years, collaborate in this series of lectures to breathe new life into the parables of Jesus. The message of the parables becomes as grasping as it once was.” – Rev. Raymond F. Collins, Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University

Prof. Andrea Lorenzo Molinari received his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from Marquette University in 1996. He spent a combined twelve and half years teaching for Creighton University and Barry University.

Prof. Molinari’s theological writings include five books: The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles (2000); ‘I never knew the man’: The Coptic Act of Peter (2000); Climbing the Dragon’s Ladder: The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas (2006); Romans and Christians A.D. 64 (2009); and the forthcoming The Shepherd: Apokatastasis. In addition, he has published numerous articles on early Christianity, as well as a variety of popular theological pieces. Other media projects include two audio courses from Now You Know Media, The Apostles and Arrayed in Crimson: Martyrdom and Persecution in the Early Church, and a program with BBC/ Discovery titled Peter, Jesus’ Fisherman.
Praise for Andrea Molinari
”Andrea Molinari and Jack Conroy, who have worked together for several years, collaborate in this series of lectures to breathe new life into the parables of Jesus. The message of the parables becomes as grasping as it once was.”
– Rev. Raymond F. Collins,
Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University

  • Introduction to the Parables of Jesus: History and Gospel Sources,
           Part I (Molinari)
  • Introduction to the Parables of Jesus: History and Gospel Sources,
           Part II (Molinari)
  • A Plethora of Parables (Molinari)
  • The Old Testament and Rabbinic Parables (Conroy)
  • Mark’s Parable of the Sower (Molinari)
  • Parables of Generosity in Matthew (Conroy)
  • Parables Dealing with the End Times in Matthew (Conroy)
  • Disturbing Servant Parables in Matthew and Luke (Conroy)
  • Luke’s Parables of the Good Samaritan and the Rich Man and
           Lazarus (Conroy)
  • The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Its Lost Interpretation,
           Part I (Molinari)
  • The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Its Lost Interpretation,
           Part II (Molinari)
  • Parables of Being Lost and Found in Luke 15, Continued: The Lost Coin
           and the Prodigal Son (Conroy)

5 reviews for The Parables: Understanding What Jesus Taught

  1. Dr. Joan Gorski, Plainfield, IL U.S.A.

    *

    A very thorough and faith-filled course – really made me stop and think!

  2. Michael H., MD

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    Comprehensive and insightful interpretation and application of the parables

  3. John Larry R., IN

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    I found it helpful as it contained further and new information on the parables of which I had not studies. The presenters alternating as they did added variety to the listening experience. The presenters were enthusiastic about their subject and it came through the tones and modulation of their voices.

  4. T. Lee, Singapore.

    Spring Survey: April 2017

    While this programme attempts to cater to different groups of audience with two very different speakers, I speak for Prof. Molinari when I said I enjoyed this programme. Though this is really my preference for the way he approached canonical and non-canonical sources, and to my view, very satisfyingly synthesised. I wished I heard more from him.

  5. Raymond

    Molinari excellent, Conroy disappointing

    Dr. Molinari’s presentations were top notch, worth the cost of the course. Well chosen and understandably presented references to scholarship, clear and enjoyable addressing of topic. I was very disappointed with Dr. Conroy’s presentation – I don’t believe I learned “what Jesus taught” about Conroy’s choices of parables. For me, it was like listening to a sermon not a scholarly presentation.

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