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This page forms part of the resources for 075 The Harvest Time in the Jesus Database project of FaithFutures Foundation

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John Dominic Crossan

Crossan [Historical Jesus] (350f) observes that the "same theme of clash and choice, challenge and response" is to be found in the following three parables: 071 The Fishnet, 075 The Harvest Time, and 107 The Lost Sheep. He then comments:

Nothing could illustrate more clearly the problem of deciding original materials even within the first stratum. Jesus could use a more or less proverbial or parabolic image that is radical only in its application, namely, that his vision, his message, or his challenge is as obvious, ordinary, or necessary as this or that action. It is as clear as a fisherman choosing the better fish or a harvester choosing the right moment to begin reaping. But the transmission could just as easily interpret common sense as sapiential mystery hidden from the dawn of creation or eschatological secret to be revealed at the imminent eschaton. Jesus, like all the Cynics, would claim that their life was simply the wisdom of common sense open to all with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Jesus Seminar

The voting of the Seminar on this item was as follows:

  • Thom 21:9
  • Mark 4:26b-29