One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.
allegory, moral story, moral tale, fable, lesson, exemplumView synonyms
- ‘Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.’
- ‘As with many of his parables, Jesus uses extreme examples to make his point.’
- ‘In the parable of the unmerciful servant the story is told of a man who owed his master millions.’
- ‘The parables of Jesus metaphorically break open myths and allow us to reimagine a new world.’
- ‘Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.’
- ‘The parable he quotes, as with many of the parables from the Gospels, is symbolic in nature.’
- ‘He identifies the parable of the Prodigal Son as a story which has profoundly shaped Christianity.’
- ‘In the parable of the sheep and the goats, Jesus indicates that some will be condemned.’
- ‘In each gospel some of the parables are linked explicitly to Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God.’
- ‘Bringing a literal mind to the interpretations of Jesus' parables is usually not encouraged.’
- ‘Similarly, the parables in Scripture are stories meant to help us think and act with Jesus.’
- ‘A request thrown at Jesus from the crowd sets the context of the parable of the rich fool.’
- ‘At the table he tells a parable in which he offers a lesson for the guests and a lesson for the hosts.’
- ‘The parable Jesus told about the prodigal son shows us what love means.’
- ‘The lord in the gospel parable of the wedding feast told his servants to fill his table by compelling people to come in.’
- ‘Jesus Christ sometimes used the camel in parables.’
- ‘The Good Samaritan was a great parable and really gave me a newer aspect.’
- ‘Jesus' use of parables also shows us that stories are not just for children or the unsophisticated.’
- ‘Here, as in other parables, Jesus uses a symbol to turn our understanding upside down.’
- ‘He would often tell a little parable to illustrate in simple language the thoughts that came into his head.’
Middle English: from Old French parabole, from an ecclesiastical Latin sense ‘discourse, allegory’ of Latin parabola ‘comparison’, from Greek parabolē (see parabola).
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