Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Thurén, Lauri
Organisation University of Eastern Finland
Project title
Parables as Persuasive Narratives
Decision No. 330312
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 467 012
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Project description
Human thinking and value systems are to a great extent shaped by narratives, not only by theoretical reasoning. The parables of Jesus belong to the most influential narratives, as they pertain to several types of biblical research, religious community, and values in our society. The goal of this project is to create a transparent way of analysing and interpreting the parables of Jesus. It seeks to understand how they were supposed to function in their earliest literary context as appeals to reason and the emotions. In contrast to earlier, mostly theological or historical, approaches, the project strives for a paradigm shift. It applies modern argumentation analysis, narratology, and data mining. This will result in a comprehensive definition of the parables, new analytical approaches and interpretations. The project will also offer a better basis for using the parables as historical material. In society, the misuse of the parables, for example, in hate speech can be exposed.