The Dark Interval
A Theology of Story
by John Dominic Crossan
with a Foreword by Robert W. Funk
The Dark Interval identifies five kinds of stories: Story establishes world in myth, defends established world in apologue, discusses and describes world in action, attacks world in satire, and subverts world in parable. The author focuses on the provocative theory that the parable is a narrative genre that undercuts the comfortable and safe constructs we place upon our world. Parables thus shatter the shelter we build for ourselves in myths and make way for transcendence. This durable book has had a tremendous impact on parable theory and narrative studies.
John Dominic Crossan is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago. He is the author of twenty-seven books on the historical Jesus, including The Historical Jesus (1991), The Birth of Christianity (1998), and The Power of Parable (2012).