Essay on Dr. Robert L. Plummer
Dr. Robert L. Plummer is an Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, School of Theology. Plummer has a B. A. from Duke University, Ph. D from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and additional studies from Jerusalem University College. He has written 1 book, co-written 4 more books, and has written/commented on many biblical articles. His latest book, written in 2010 is called 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible (40 Questions & Answers Series). His articles have appeared in New Holman Bible Dictionary and Westminster Theological Journal, to name a few (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015). Plummer is an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Institute for Biblical Research.
After reading Parables in the Gospels: History of Interpretation and Hermeneutical Guidelines by Robert L. Plummer it is clear that there are more than one or two ways to interpret Jesus’ parables. The main purpose of this article is to think about what would make sense while interpreting the parables. Interpreting includes asking yourself questions and knowing the main goal of the writer’s thoughts. Plummer talks about the definition of a parable, interpretation as a whole, and guidelines for interpreting the parables.
Plummer defines parable as a short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle. Some people think Jesus’ parables should be…