Seeing But Not Perceiving

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Seeing but not Perceiving

  • Kingdom, Grace, Judgment (Capon, 2002)
    • Book 1, Chapter 4:The Ministry before the Parables
    • Book 1, Chapter 5: The Sower: The Watershed of the Parables
    • Book 1, Chapter 6: The Sower, Continued
  • Mark 4
  • Matthew 13
  • Sowing Promises: Truth in Parable Form (Juel, 1994) [PDF]

In the Parable of the Sower as found in Mark 4 (and also in Matthew 13 in a different form; concentrate on the Markan version), we find Jesus not only giving an enigmatic teaching regarding the sower/seeds/soil, but also embedding within the parable an equally enigmatic set of statements regarding the purpose of the parables. Respond to the following:

  • How do you understand Jesus’ teaching relative to parables here?
  • According to Jesus, what is the purpose of parables?
  • How is that a valid or beneficial purpose within the context of the Gospel of Mark?
  • How could this purpose serve to preach who Christ is more effectively in general?

Support your statements with evidence from the Required Studies and your research.

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