There is near unanimity within mainstream scholarship about this understanding of Jesus’ use of parables and proverbs/aphorisms. For a representative treatment, see the work of John Dominic Crossan, especially In Parables (New York: Harper & Row, 1973), and In Fragments: The Aphorisms of Jesus (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983). For a very recent treatment, see Bernard Brandon Scott, Hear Then the Parable (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1989).