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This paper will be yet another attempt to understand what the historical Jesus may have meant when he spoke of the Kingdom. In particular I will be examining parables attributed to Jesus that are relevant to the idea of Kingdom. However before any exegesis can begin it is important to understand the history of scholarship on the topic. In the brief survey of a variety of opinions that have been put forth that follows my aim is to not only review the history of scholarship on the subject, but also illustrate the variety of issues one encounters when attempting to think critically about the Kingdom as Jesus spoke of it. The differences of opinion that scholars have had over the nature of the Kingdom should serve to bring to light the difficulties a project of this nature will encounter.