7. Parables in the Sermon on the Mount: A Cognitive and Rhetorical Perspective

Social and Cognitive Perspectives on the Sermon on the Mount - Rikard Roitto

Lauri Thuren [+-]
University of Eastern Finland
Lauri Thuren is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Eastern Finland.

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Lauri Thuren takes on all the 18 parables of the Sermon. Just like Lahti’s chapter below, the interpretative tool is Toulmen’s pragma-dialectics. The first part of the chapter gives an overview of the differing qualities of the parables. Some of them are complex, full narratives while others are simple rules. Some argue by means of credible premises that nobody would question while others postulate premises that an audience might find questionable. The second part gives brief analyses of the argumentative structure of the parables in order to explore their persuasive power to their audience. In the final section Thurén suggests that the parables help the reader explore the meaning of discipleship by means of entering the world of the parable. The contents of the parables are far less shocking than many of the exhortations in the Sermon and help the reader/listener to view their life in a new way, which in turn facilitates the process of accepting the adjoining exhortations.

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Thuren, Lauri. 7. Parables in the Sermon on the Mount: A Cognitive and Rhetorical Perspective. Social and Cognitive Perspectives on the Sermon on the Mount. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781794227. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32050. Date accessed: 07 Jun 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32050. Oct 2020

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