Parables

A parable is any brief story involving human characters illustrating a lesson. Parables of Jesus are a key part of the teachings of Jesus. Ask and answer here about the parables of various cultures of the world, their origin and interpretation.

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Fables and Folklore
Parables

What do parables and fables have in common?

They both contain stories with a moral

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Parables

What is most likely moral of this parable?

Put your talents to good use, whether they are great or small.

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Parables

What is the lesson learned in the parable a minister's black veil?

The lesson learned in the story is to avoid the sin of secret sin because there is always a cnsequence to our sins or secret faults. The veil can be compared to man's way of trying to hide the hideous acts of a sin by trying to cover it up with "a fig leaf" as in the case of Adam and Eve. Eventually, the loneliness and nakedness is obvious to all. Minister Cooper became the saddest man in this story and died without confessing his sin.

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Philippines
Parables
Filipino Language and Culture

What is an example of a Filipino parable?

The text of popular Filipino parables like "Ang Alibughang Anak" and "Ang Pinakamaliit na Bato" can be found in the related link.

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Parables

Are parables outdated?

no they still apply today

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Fables and Folklore
Parables

How do parables and fables differ?

Parables have human characters while fables have animal characters.

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Parables

What is the most likely moral of this parable?

When you have talent, it`s best to work smarter, not harder

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Biography
Parables

What concept of god is Tolstoy presenting in the story?

Hello, which of Tolstoy's works are you referring to please?

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New Testament
Parables

In the parable of the lost son why was the fattened calf the sign of a special occasion?

The fattened calf was an animal raised for a special occasion, it was a tradition to kill the calf for celebrations.

Abraham killed a young calf when he was visited by the LORD at Mamre:

Genesis 18:7 And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it.

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Poetry
Parables

5 examples of pre-colonial poems?

A good book is a revolutionary field trip!!

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Parables

What are the seven steps of cashier?

Steps In Cashiering:

Smile: Always make eye contact with the customer and smile.

Greet: Greet the customer sayin words like Hello, How are you etc.

Confirm: Before punching the items confirm the items the customer wishes to take or also if the customer wishes for a sale transaction or exchange or return.

System entry: Make an entry for the transaction into the system depending upon the requirement (ie. Sale, return etc)

Payment: Always confirm with the customer the mode of Payment and inform him the total amount before deducting it from the card or passing the cash transaction.

Receipt: Print the receipt and pack the items carefully into the shopping bag

Goodbye: Always inform the customer about the future promotions and other thank him for the purchase and welcome him back to the store for his future purchases.

Deepa Gopalakrishnan

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Christianity
New Testament
Parables

What does the parable of the sower teach us?

it teaches us that lots of people may listen to the word of god but only some will take it in and use it for good

Not everybody who hears the word of God will respond to its message.

Not everybody who responds to the word of God will go on to be a mature christian.

People whose hearts are prepared for God's word respond better than people who have not been prepared to receive God's word.

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Parables

What best describes a characteristic of a parable?

The story stresses the effects of good and bad behavior.
The story ends with a moral.

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Parables

What religious traditions most likely influenced the method of the monk's storytelling?

The use of parables to teach religious concepts.

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New Testament
Parables

Who is the antagonist in the parable of the prodigal son?

The oldest son. He opposes the father being generous to the lost son who returns.

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New Testament
Parables
Allegory and Simile
The Difference Between

What is the difference between parables and miracles?

The parables of Jesus are short stories that compare an ordinary object or event to a truth. Jesus often used them to teach spiritual truths.

Miracles are those occurrences wrought by the power of God which are wholly beyond to power of men to perform.

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The Bible
New Testament
Parables

What is the meaning of the parable the pearl?

When you find a pearl of great price you will sell everything that you have to buy it. It means once you have found the gospel you will forsake you old life to become a christian.

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The Bible
Definitions
Parables

Why is the story of Jonah considered to be a parable?

I am not so sure the Story of Jonah is a parable - a short, comparative tale to relay an important message. The Scripture presents Jonah as a real person who had an unusual event happen to him. Even today, Japanese fisherman have discovered a live human inside a large fish (whale in this case).

Because they asked Jesus for a sign of His Messiahship, He told them the only sign would be that of Jonah - a comparison or 'parable' of what was about to occur. As Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the great fish, Jesus would be 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the Earth - the grave or hell.

Those who speculate on His dying on a Friday afternoon and rising on an early Sunday morning, apparently denounce this one and only sign given. No matter how one counts, you will never arrive at 3 twelve hour days and 3 twelve hour nights.

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USSR in WW2
Famous People
Parables

What is the summary of The Two Brothers by Leo Tolstoy?

It is about two ffoolish boys who have their own opinions about what an inscription means. both go different ways and both have different outcomes that leave them neither richer nor poorer.

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New Testament
Parables

What is the moral lesson of the parable of the good shepherd?

The lesson taught is Christ is the only way to God. The occasion was the Pharisees rejecting the testimony of miracle (John 10:1-16).

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New Testament
Parables

How long was the prodigal son gone?

7

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New Testament
Parables

The plot of the prodigal son?

Exposition. It is not in medias res because it does not start in the middle, it is not stream of consciousness, and it is definitely not flashback/retrospect. The only one that makes sense is exposition because in an exposition there is rising action, climax and falling action and ending with a resolution. The prodigal son has all of that.

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Definitions
New Testament
Parables

What does orient the reader mean?

The phrase, 'orient the reader,' typically means 'give direction or explanation to the person reading.' Thus, when beginning an essay or a paper, one may 'orient the reader' by providing a clear statement of purpose along with a brief preview of the argument or research-results that the rest of one's writing will be offering.

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The Bible
New Testament
Parables

Is there any conflict in the story of the prodigal son?

The brother who stayed home was jealous, because the brother who spent his half of their father's fortune was welcomed home afterwards, and a party held for him. (It was worth half his fortune to the father, if the prodigal son had truly learned his lesson.)

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New Testament
Parables

What is the moral of the parable of the lost son?

You can be forgiven, no matter how bad you have been, or how much you have messed up.

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The parables of Jesus are usually concerned with spiritual truths rather than morals. Parables are a way of teaching spiritual truths. The spiritual truth is hidden in stories of everyday life - "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning." The real meaning of the parable is hidden to those who are not seeking spiritual truth or are not willing to think about the parable.

The parable of the Lost Son is the third parable in a group of three parables - The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and the Lost Son. These three parables are about God's love for people who are lost and, in the context of the parables, God's love for the 'lost' nation of Israel.
The lost son has come unto repentance. When one improves their state, it is better than if they had been good that whole time, simply because they are making progress. The older brother should not have been jealous, but happy that his brother was making progress.

The parable of the lost son is about people coming to the realization that they are lost and turning to God for forgiveness.

The lost son is the repentant sinner, the elder son represents the scribes and pharisees (the religious) of Jesus' time.

The parable is teaching that whatever condition we are in and we realize our condition and turn to God He will forgive and accept us.

Luke 15:10 - 32

(though verses 4 - 9 are relevant too, as they're being amplified by the following story, often called "the parable of the prodigal son".

IMO, the bottom line - "It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." (verse 32) is a pretty clear restatement of the idea in verse 7 ("I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.").

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The parable of the Prodigal Son is a parable directed to the nation of Israel. When Jesus tells this parable some Pharisees and scribes are listening as well as a multitude of people:

Luk 15:1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.

Luk 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them."

Luk 15:3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying: .........................

In the parable the father represents God, the youngest son represents Israel and the oldest son represents the scribes and Pharisees.

The oldest son is prejudiced towards the youngest son because the youngest son is treated well, given a lot of attention etc by the father.

In the gospels we can see Jesus paid a lot of attention to the ordinary people the scribes and Pharisees of the day were jealous because they thought they were the spiritual men of Israel. They were put out that Jesus "received sinners" they thought Jesus should have been spending time with them - they were the spiritual ones.

If Israel had repented, accepted Jesus as the messiah and returned to true worship of God (not legalism through obeying evry degree of the Law) then there would have been singing and dancing - as in the parable

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