[photopress:Understanding_Parables_207.jpg,thumb,pp_style]The parables of Jesus Christ were as much designed to conceal as they were to reveal. In the book, Understanding the Parables of Jesus Christ (Deseret Book, hardcover, $21.95) Jay and Donald Parry offer an examination of the layers of meaning in the parables that account for roughly one-third of the Savior’s recorded sayings. Added background, such as historical details, cultural customs, nuances of language, and local geography, lends context to help clarifying the meaning of Christ’s New Testament parables. Incorporating statements from modern Church leaders, the authors also include a “Personal Application” section highlighting the continued practical relevance of the parables in our day.
Author Jay A. Parry is a prolific writer and a popular speaker at BYU Education Week. Jay is also a senior editor at Deseret Book Company. Donald W. Parry received a doctorate in Hebrew language and literature and is a professor of Hebrew at Brigham Young University and a member of the International Team of Translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Jay and Don have co-authored several books: Understanding Isaiah, Understanding the Book of Revelation, Understanding the Signs of the Times, and Understanding Death and the Resurrection.