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The very first post already recognized the primary difficulty of writing a book on the reception history of the parables. It was not the fact that I would need to research 50+ people/topics/works that ranged from the second century BCE to the twenty-first CE--that was exceedingly interesting and fun, to tell you the truth. Instead, it was and still is the need to distill those discussions to a total of approximately 100,000 words. As I write this blog post, however, I have--with the help of my editor, Bryan Dyer--almost reached that milestone. The last round of painful cuts is almost finished.
This blog post is the 246th of the blog, which means that I have posted an entry about (a little less than) every three days, assuming my math is correct. It still has not become tedious or burdensome. Even though I finished the research for the book over four months ago, I still have plenty of materials that I have encountered over the past two years to share. And the blog continued to remind me that not only did I need to distill the words down to a manageable level for the book; I also needed to make some very complex discussions understandable for a student (and lay) audience. I hope I have accomplished that goal.
Here it is. The very first blog post on December 9, 2013:
I just signed a contract (November 2013) with Baker Academic (Baker Publishing Group) to write a textbook on the reception history of the parables. I have been working with James Ernest of Baker, and the topic is an exciting but daunting one: examining how the parables in the NT Gospels have been interpreted over the centuries.