The power of parables for religious education

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Dowling, Elizabeth. (2010). The power of parables for religious education. Journal of Religious Education. 58(4), pp. 20 - 27.
AuthorsDowling, Elizabeth
Abstract

In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus often uses parables to teach about the reign of God, to challenge his audience to think differently about God and themselves in relation to God. Today’s religious educators often draw on these parables in their own teaching. Understanding the power of the parable for its original first-century audience allows students to then make parallels within their own context. It is crucial for religious educators to be aware of the confronting nature of parables so that they might assist students to identify the subversive elements in these stories. This paper presupposes a basic knowledge of the parables and at the same time aims to assist educators with their understanding of the potential power of parables.

Year2010
JournalJournal of Religious Education
Journal citation58 (4), pp. 20 - 27
PublisherAustralian Catholic University
ISSN1442-018X
Open accessOpen access
Page range20 - 27
Research GroupSchool of Theology
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Place of publicationAustralia
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