“Parables and the Partings of the Ways”, is a joint project of researchers of Utrecht University,  the Tilburg School of Theology, and the Protestant Theological University.

De afbeeldingen boven aan de pagina en hieronder komen uit het boek en zijn van  Jedi Noordegraaf, Studio Vandaar.

Van mijn hand in dit boek: Van wolven, leeuwen en slangen,” (199-202), “Een tegenstribbelende slaaf” (met Martijn Stoutjesdijk, 205-208),  “Paard en ruiter wierp hij in zee” (211-214), “Niet van elkaar te onderscheiden” (217-220), “De roeping van Abraham” (229-232), en “De parabel van de pauw op tafel” (241-244).

  • My main contribution to the NWO Parables Project was  the textual study of the meshalim (Parables) in tannaitic midrashim. This resulted in the publication of an annotated synoptic edition of the textual witness (manuscripts and early printed editions) of these meshalim. A first volume containing the parables in the tannaitic Midrashim to Exodus, i.e. Mekhilta de Rabbi Ishmael and the Mekhilta de Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, some 50 parables  has been published in 2019 by Mohr Siebeck. I hope to publish similar volumes about the meshalim in  the tannaitic Midrashim to Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

See the review by Guenter Stemberger: StembergerReview _JSJ_2020_The Meshalim in the Mekhiltot

  • In september 2017 I was interviewed in Paris about the use of a Geniza fragment of the Mechilta that contains a parable: see my Video page.

International Parable Seminar.
The Parable in Early Christian and Rabbinic Sources:
Form, Content and Theological Significance.
Schechter Institute, Jerusalem, May 11th 2018.
Dr. Lieve Teugels, Dr Paul Mandel

And take a look at this special issue of JSTR (NTT) on parables.

F.l.t.r: Albertina Oegema, Jonathan Pater, Annette Merz, Martijn Stoutjesdijk, Eric Ottenheijm, Marcel Poorthuis

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