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Sting in the Tail

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Author:
Kim Tan

The parables as oriental stories
A superb introduction to the Parables of Jesus

Whilst it is true that Jesus’ parables are timeless, speaking to all people in all ages and cultures, they are essentially Middle Eastern stories set in a culture very different from our own. They really only make sense when understood in their oriental setting. Without seeing them as skilfully crafted oriental stories, we will miss their beauty and the impact of their message.

This book sets out to ask the question : How did the original listeners understand the parables when they were first told by Jesus? It does this by setting the stories of Jesus in their cultural background and explaining the parables as they were originally intended to be understood.

“What is there left to say about the parables of Jesus? Occidental scholars have surely exhausted the subject. But here is an oriental interpretation with many fresh insights into the social background against which they were originally told. Kim Tan has succeeded in sharpening the point of these stories with a sting in the tale, making them real and relevant to East and West today.”
David Pawson, Bible Teacher and author

“I offer you, with enthusiasm and endorsement and without reservation, Kim Tan’s new book, the para fries as seen from a different focus.”
Gerald Williams, Broadcaster

Dr. Kim Tan is a biochemist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and managing director of a biotechnology company. He is involved in Bible teaching ministry in the UK and the Far East.

The parables as oriental stories A superb introduction to the Parables of Jesus Whilst it is true that Jesus’ parables are timeless, speaking to all people in all ages and cultures, they are essentially Middle Eastern stories set in a culture very different from our own. They really only make sense when understood in their oriental setting. Without seeing them as skilfully crafted oriental stories, we will miss their beauty and the impact of their message. This book sets out to ask the question : How did the original listeners understand the parables when they were first told by Jesus? It does this by setting the stories of Jesus in their cultural background and explaining the parables as they were originally intended to be understood. “What is there left to say about the parables of Jesus? Occidental scholars have surely exhausted the subject. But here is an oriental interpretation with many fresh insights into the social background against which they were originally told. Kim Tan has succeeded in sharpening the point of these stories with a sting in the tale, making them real and relevant to East and West today.” David Pawson, Bible Teacher and author “I offer you, with enthusiasm and endorsement and without reservation, Kim Tan’s new book, the para fries as seen from a different focus.” Gerald Williams, Broadcaster Dr. Kim Tan is a biochemist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and managing director of a biotechnology company. He is involved in Bible teaching ministry in the UK and the Far East.


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