BYU Studies wants to make readers aware of a book by John W. Welch and Jeannie S. Welch, The Parables of Jesus: Revealing the Plan of Salvation. It is published by Covenant Communications and is for sale on Amazon here.
The book combines two methods of pondering the parables, word study and art. In-depth commentary by the Welches shows how Jesus taught the plan of salvation through parables, from the willing and unwilling two sons (Matthew 21) as revealing the premortal council in heaven, to the parable of talents (Matthew 25) as revealing God’s judgment.
Art by Jorge Cocco Santangelo illuminates these parables with dozens of sketches and full-color paintings. The timeless message of the parables is presented through images that encourage reflection and introspection. Commentary by Herman du Toit draws out details about the compositions.
This book is the result of years of study, including John Welch’s article on the Good Samaritan and how that parable is displayed in stained glass windows in cathedrals, published in BYU Studies 38, no. 2. It accompanies Welch’s forthcoming book on Matthew for the BYU New Testament Commentary.