Would it shock you to learn that Jesus used parables to hide the truths he spoke from those who were willfully unbelieving? In Parables, John MacArthur explains why this is one of the major reasons Jesus used this form of teaching in public, and later explained the meaning to those who sought the truth.
I can’t say anything less about this book than “wonderful.” From beginning to end, the information given is on point. Footnotes and citations, along with Biblical references are littered throughout.
Each chapter deals with parables of a certain theme. MacArthur not only explains the theme and each parable, but he gives explanations of the historical and cultural context at the time the parables were given by Jesus. He then explains how we, as modern day believers, are to understand the parable… which is exactly the way the people of Jesus’ time were meant to understand it.
I encourage you not to skip the introduction or the appendix. The introduction gives vital insight into the history of what led Jesus to begin using parables. The appendix is a great summarization of what the parables are, and what they are not.
1) Is it understandable = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Quality of Writing = 5
4) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average score of 5 out of 5
I received a free copy of this book from BookLook for review purposes.