|The Parable of the Sower (St. James the Less Church, London)|
The Society of Biblical Literature has an excellent "public scholarship" website, and I am happy to report that it just posted a page on the parable of the Sower that I contributed to the project.
The short essay hits a few major points about the parable as it is found in Mark 4:1-20, but it also includes some reception history elements, such as a note about John Chrysostom's interpretation of the parable.
The post also includes some of my pictures, such as the sculpture of the Sower parable from the St. James the Less church in London that I talk about in four blog posts last year: one, two, three, and four.
I am extremely grateful to the Managing Editor of Bible Odyssey, Moira Bucciarelli. Developing essays for Bible Odyssey is much more complicated than it appears, and she shepherded the piece from the beginning to the end, including peer reviews, copy edits, and so forth, even doing things that others may overlook (e.g., creating the links to explain words, send readers to primary texts, etc.--and others whose names I don't know also assisted in the project). She did a masterful job, and it was a pleasure to work with her.
Even if you don't go to my essay, the Bible Odyssey website is well worth a look; it is an important resource. Also recently posted, for example, is a piece entitled, "What is Reception History" by Brennan Breed.
Go take a look at the SBL's Bible Odyssey web site.