"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

The ideal audience is led at times to experience puzzlement at Jesus’ riddles and cryptic sayings. Nevertheless, by portraying a world in which many characters are blind to the rule of God, the narrative leads the hearers to want to see and to follow even more. The two-step progressions, the series of three, and the explanations of the riddles further entice the ideal hearers to keep trying to understand Jesus and the hidden presence of the rule of God—even when the hearers are sometimes kept off balance by new mysteries and more riddles.

[parables: , Mark as Story]

Posted by Jeff on 02.01.2012

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