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Author: Msgr. Michael J. Cantley, STD
Copyright: 2010
First Printed: 8-24-2010

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Stories have a wonderful suggestive power that awakens the imagination, stimulates thought and, like a well-ordered attic, keeps inviting the curious to examine their content. That is what Jesus did. Through the parables, he explicitly and implicitly invited his hearers, enemies among them, to look deeply into the hidden treasures of meaning that his stories contained. The parables were Jesus’ favored instrument for communicating his message to his disciples, and for his attempt to break through the resistance of the scribes and Pharisees who opposed him. In the commentaries on individual parables it will become clear that many of them grew out of polemical encounters where Jesus had to defend his claims and explain his association with outcasts and sinners. But Jesus never stopped at defense, and he never intended retaliation for the attacks against him. His motivation went much deeper. He intended to plant a seed of God’s truth in story form, hoping that as it ruminated through the memory of his sympathetic hearers they would come to a deeper understanding and, perhaps, acceptance of what he was teaching. This is precisely what centuries of discussion about the parables have done and what the present work hopes to continue by giving the parables another hearing.

About the Author: A member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Catholic Theological Society of America, Msgr. Michael J. Cantley, STD, was ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1955. He received his doctorate in theology at the Catholic University, Washington, D.C. in 1965. His teaching career began in 1959 at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and thereafter at the Major Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY. At the same time he was an adjunct professor at St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY. From 1983 till his retirement in 2004 he was pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, NY. In 1986 he was made a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II. His articles have appeared in a number of journals including the New Catholic Encyclopedia, American Ecclesiastical Review and The Linacre Quarterly. His book reviews have appeared in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

Book: 328 pages
ISBN-10: 0-8189-1319-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8189-1319-8
Prod. Code: 1319-8

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