Click here to download a PDF of the PPT I used to lead an introduction to the parables as part of a four-week class on “Understanding the Parables of Jesus” I’m co-leading. The first class was an introduction to the parables, the next three will focus on groups of parables in loose categories like: Kingdom, Discipleship, and Neighbor. We are using copies of chapters and/or articles from books for the text assignments for the class. To prepare for this class I primarily used Kenneth Bailey’s “Seeing Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes”; NT Wright’s “Jesus and the Victory of God”; Craig Bartholomew’s “Interpreting the Parables”; and Klyne Snodgrass’s “Stories with Intent.”