Parable of the Talents

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781472214799
Release Date: 2014-03-27
Genre: Fiction

Lauren Olamina's love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led her to found a new faith that teaches 'God Is Change'. But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to the violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. Soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers - or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny.

Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents

Author: Octavia E. Butler
ISBN: 1609807219
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Genre: Fiction

A collector's edition box-set of two of Octavia E. Butler's most visionary science-fiction novels. Parable of the Sower is the Butlerian odyssey of one woman in 2015, Lauren Olamina, who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized. Its sequel, Parable of the Talents, follows Lauren's daughter, living in a war-torn continent with a far-right religious crusader in the office of the U.S. presidency. Together these books present a dystopian landscape about a society whose very fabric has been torn asunder.

The Parable of the Talents

Author: Nicole E. Dreyer
ISBN: 0758612826
Release Date: 2007-07-01
Genre: Bible stories, English

This book retells Jesus' parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-27). The Arch? Book series tells popular Bible stories through fun-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations. This well-loved series captures the attention of children, telling scripturally sound stories that are enjoyable and easy to remember.

The Talents

Author: Doris Miller
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781592442249
Release Date: 2003-09-22
Genre: Religion

The Parable of the Talents is one of Jesus' best-known teachings: an admonishment to apply and increase our abilities--whatever they are--in the service of God. Undeniably, 'The Talents' has been influential in shaping Christian attitudes toward money, individuality and personal achievement. Yet how well does any of us truly understand this oft-quoted and apparently straightforward lesson? And what does this lesson tell us of the teacher, Jesus? In this fresh new look at the Parable of the Talents, Doris E. Miller traces its Biblical origins, discusses the history of its interpretation, and offers significant new insight into how Jesus may have spent the silent years between his childhood and the beginning of his ministry. Written in a clear narrative voice, the author provides a wealth of scholarship, factual information and literary detective work along with thoughtful reflections on Jesus' life and teachings. Extensive footnotes and an index add to its value for any serious reader of the New Testament. This small volume, Part One of a larger work in progress, is certain to stimulate discussion and provide the basis for many pastoral messages.

Parable of the Sower

Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781453263617
Release Date: 2012-07-24
Genre: Fiction

The Nebula Award–winning author of Kindred presents a “gripping” dystopian novel about a woman fleeing Los Angeles as America spirals into chaos (The New York Times Book Review). Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, war, and chronic shortages of water, gasoline, and more. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others. When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is facing apocalypse. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind. From a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship who has won multiple Nebula and Hugo Awards, this iconic novel is “a gripping tale of survival and a poignant account of growing up sane in a disintegrating world” (The New York Times Book Review). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

The Parables of Jesus

Author: Arland J. Hultgren
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 080286077X
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Religion

Outlines the parables of Jesus and discusses how each of the parables can be taught and preached.

Parables as Subversive Speech

Author: William R. Herzog
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664253555
Release Date: 1994-01-01
Genre: Religion

William Herzog shows that the focus of the parables was not on a vision of the glory of the reign of God but on the gory details of the way oppression served the interests of the ruling class. The parables were a form of social analysis, as well as a form of theological reflection. Herzog scrutinizes their canonical form to show the distinction between its purpose for Jesus and for evangelists. To do this, he uses the tools of historical criticism, including form criticism and redaction criticism.

Creative Meetings Bible Lessons and Worship Ideas

Author: Youth Specialities
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310220262
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Religion

As a part of The Ideas Library the Creative Meetings, Bible Lessons, and Worship Ideas is your storehouse of proven, youth-group tested ideas, complete with theme lessons, reproducible game 'boards', and much more.

36 Parables Yellow

Author: 36 Parables Staff
Publisher: Youth Specialties
ISBN: 0310280788
Release Date: 2008-09-01
Genre: Religion

On 36 Parables: Yellow, you'll find modern retellings of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Parable of the Talents, and the Parable of the Lost Coin. Approx. running time: 50 min. You can also download a free discussion guide online to take the learning deeper. With 36 Parables, you'll illuminate God's Word in a whole new way, and your students will begin to see their faith in a whole new way.

Stories with Intent

Author: Klyne Snodgrass
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802842411
Release Date: 2008-01-11
Genre: Religion

Stories with Intent offers pastors and students an accessible and comprehensive guide to Jesus' parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the context in which these stories were told, the purpose they had in Jesus' message, and the ways they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship. While holding a consciously evangelical approach, Snodgrass deals throughout with a broad spectrum of opinions and interpretations. He begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation. Offering both a new, more functional classification system for Jesus' parables and guidelines for interpreting them, he provides an overview of other parables -- often neglected in the discussion -- from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. The remaining chapters group the longer and more important parables of Jesus thematically and give a comprehensive treatment of each, including background and significance for today.

The Parables of Jesus

Author: Luise Schottroff
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451413246
Release Date:
Genre: Religion

A premier New Testament scholar explores how Jesus' trial and execution are portrayed in the New Testament and how that portrayal has affected biblical studies, Christian theology, and Jewish-Christian relations through history. Tomson has written an accessible, responsible analysis of the biblical accounts of Jesus' death, demonstrating how, through compounded misunderstandings, they contributed to anti-Jewish sentiment in the early church and later history. Tomson's question of how Jesus is to be understood in his first-century Judean context is a critical one not only for biblical scholars, but for anyone concerned about human rights and interreligious dialogue today.