Far cry from a folk theologian, isn't it?
Friday, December 27, 2013
Nor should we think of Jesus’ style of communication as second rate or shallow. He was not a country boy spinning tales to the delight of barbershop friends. Jesus’ communication was truth-telling at the highest level. While anyone could appreciate Jesus’ stories and stand in awe of the authority with which he spoke (Mk 1:27), the most educated and intelligent in the audience could ponder Jesus’ parables for a long time and still never probe their depths. The Pharisees and Sadducees often felt the sting of Jesus’ stories but went away sputtering because they couldn’t think of anything to say that wouldn’t sound stupid.—The Lost World of Scripture, page 112