parables1parables2At the ETS Annual Meeting I have been able to leaf through copies of Ruben Zimmerman’s, Puzzling the Parables of Jesus: Methods and Interpretation (Fortress), and Stephen Wright’s, Jesus the Storyteller (Westminster/John Knox). Both look like texts I need for upcoming work and courses in the parables. I am thankful for Zimmermann’s work on paroimia (παροιμία) in John. All current discussions in NT parables should include Johannine paroimia (and other non-synoptic paroimia/parabolé (παραβολή) in the NT). Wright’s work also is appropriate for use by the non-specialist in the pew who simply loves Jesus and desires to know him through the parables.