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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New Testament
Parables
Jesus Christ

Was the parable of the sower the only parable Jesus explained?

No Jesus also explained the parable of the Wheats and the Tares.

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What message is the parable of the prodigal son?

Two things are central, possibly three.

Firstly, sin and self-indulgence don't pay - at least not in terms of long term peace and happiness.

Secondly, God ( as illustrated by the waiting father), although He does not force anyone to repent and turn back to Him, is still always ready to welcome back the repentant sinner.

Thirdly, the older brother is considered illustrative of the self-righteous who think they have no need of repentance and thus look down on 'sinners', not realising the wickedness and self-indulgence of their own heart.

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What are the things that can lead a Christian to fall?

In general terms, sins. In particular, any of the main 7 sins:

Pride

Gluttony

Lust

Sloth

Wrath

Greed

Envy

Opinion

The Letter of James addresses this subject in Chapter 1 verses 12 through 15.

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

Some say Christians can lose their salvation and must be born again and again if they fall away. Others say that true believers can not lose their salvation through sin, but they can apostatize or walk away from their salvation. I believe salvation begins at the moment of conversion and continues for eternity. In Philippians 1:6 it says " Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ". Jude 24 guarantees that God "is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." Christian may stumble and fall but we have a wonderful reassurance from Jesus in John 10:27-29 " My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand."

King James version.

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What is the parable of the sower about?

The parable of the sower, shows the word of god falls in to many people but all are not ready to hear and keep the word and be saved from it.

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Books and Literature
Parables

Did Leo tolstoy's book War and Peace win an award?

I thought for sure he won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. One fascinating aspect of the Nobel Prize for Literature has to do with the people who didn't win it. Leo Tolstoy never did. He was considered for the initial prize in 1901, but the judges determined that for his anarchism and his eccentric religious views, he should be passed over. Tolstoy was again nominated in 1902, but was again rejected. Tolstoy said that he didn't mind "because it saved me from the painful necessity of dealing in some way with money--generally regarded as very necessary and useful, but which I regard as the source of every kind of evil."

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New Testament
Parables
Jesus Christ

Why did Jesus' parable teach about the compassion of the Samaritan?

Some Jewish people despised the Samarians [Samaritans] and the idea of the story is to not judge anyone for maybe it is possible to be saved from death from your so called worst enemy...also Jesus said that "if You only like those who like You then what reward is there in that"...Jesus also said "if You do not humble yourself like a little child then you may never even enter the Kingdom of Heaven"... I think Jesus was trying to say that everyone is inclusive in God's world and there are no special cases we are all God's children and thus for equal...Jesus also told the Zealot's that they should forgive all the people who persicute and murder You ie "the Romans" "forgive them all" "The lion shall lie down for the lamb"

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New Testament
Parables

How many parables did Jesus tell?

The full total is 46, although there are incomplete stories, as well as references that do not exactly match any known parable.

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Parables

What is the summary of parable of a good samaritan?

A Jew is beaten by highwaymen whilst traveling to Jericho. A priest comes by and rejects his moral duty to help him, and walks on by. A Levite, who is also morally obliged, does the same. A Samaritan, who is despised by Jews, sees the man and helps him recover and also pays for him to stay at an inn.

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To whom did Jesus tell the parable of the sheep?

His disciples ( Matthew 18).

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Definitions
Parables

Subject of a parable about the kingdom's value?

I don’t know

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Famous People
Parables

What literary awards did Leo Tolstoy win?

Leo Tolstoy won only afew awards. he won the yochovich award for his great liturature. and he also won the bosnica award from russia. he became very popular in his time.

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Short Stories

Give other example of parables?

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Parables

Who originated the parable of The Prodigal Son?

It is a parable (fictional story that gives a lesson) told by Jesus. It expresses the idea that a sinner can return to serving God and be joyfully accepted rather than punished.

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Examples of a parable?

The Good Samaritan, The Rich Fool, and The Lost Sheep.

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What is a hornerite?

A 'hornerite' is a character in : "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil", a modern parable by George Saunders. I highly recommend it!

Go here to read more about it:

http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2005/10/02/phil_an_allegory_from_an_outlandish_imagination/

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New Testament
Parables

Why is the parable of the tenants significant?

In the parable of the tenants (found in Matthew 21, Mark 12, and Luke 20), the vineyard owner represents God, the servants represent the Old Testament prophets, the owner's only son represents Jesus, and the tenants represent the Pharisees.

The Pharisees had been entrusted with God's word, and they were to to sow it among the people. When God sent prophets in the Old Testament, they were ridiculed and persecuted. When God sent His Son, they denied Him as their Master, refused to listen to Him, and were responsible for His death. Jesus says that the vineyard owner would naturally kill the tenants and give the vineyard to others who will give the owner his dues.

In this parable, Jesus is warning the Pharisees that they would be destroyed, and others would take their place. According to history, by about 70 AD Israel was destroyed and the Jews were either killed, scattered, or enslaved. Peter, Paul, and other devout Christians were given the responsibility of guarding and distributing the message of God and Jesus.

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What do parables and fables have in common?

They both contain stories with a moral

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Parables

What is your reaction about of the story good Samaritan?

I wish I were like the good Samaritan. More kind and loving, even to the people I don't get along with.

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Parables

Who wrote of the prodigal son?

The parable is credited to Jesus Christ but the only person to write it down was Saint Luke.

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Parables

What does the parable of the lost coin mean?

it means dont take life for granted-

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The Parable of the Lost Coin is one of the parables of Jesus. It appears in only one of the Canonical gospels of the New Testament. According to Luke 15:8-10, a woman searches for a lost coin. It is a member of a trilogy on redemption that Jesus tells after the Pharisees and religious leaders accuse him of welcoming and eating with "sinners."[1] The other two are the Parable of the Lost Sheep, and the Parable of the Lost Son or Prodigal Son.

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  • 1 Narrative

  • 2 Interpretation

  • 3 Depictions

  • 4 See also

  • 5 References

  • 6 External links

Narrative

As recounted in Luke 15, a woman with ten silver coins (Greek drachmae) loses one. She then lights a lamp and sweeps her house until she finds it, rejoicing when she does:

Or what woman, if she had ten drachma coins, if she lost one drachma coin, wouldn't light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she found it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma which I had lost.' Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting."

--- Luke 15:8--10, World English Bible

On finding the lost coin, the woman shares her joy with her neighbors (etching by Jan Luyken).

Interpretation

Joel B. Green notes that the woman described is a poor peasant, and the ten silver coins, corresponding to ten days wages, "likely represent the family savings."[2] The coins may also have been the woman's dowry, worn as an ornament.[3][4] Both theories may be true, and either one explains the urgency of the woman's search, and the extent of her joy when the missing coin is found.

Like the parable of the Ten Virgins, this is a parable about women which immediately follows, and makes the same point as, a preceding parable about men.[5] In the Greek, the "friends and neighbors" are female.[6]

Green suggests that the invitation to the "friends and neighbors" may reflect a celebratory meal, which recalls the meals Jesus is accused of sharing with "sinners."[2] The woman's diligent activity in searching may symbolise either Jesus' own activity or that of God the Father.[3] The rejoicing of the angels is understood to be rejoicing along with God.[4]

Depictions

This parable has been depicted by several artists, including John Everett Millais, Jan Luyken, Domenico Fetti, and James Tissot.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Parable of the Lost Coin

See also

  • Ministry of Jesus

References

  1. ^ Richard N. Longenecker, The Challenge of Jesus' Parables, Eerdmans, 2000, ISBN 0802846386, p. 201.

  2. ^ a b Joel B. Green, The Gospel of Luke, Eerdmans, 1997, ISBN 0802823157, p. 576.

  3. ^ a b Ben Witherington, Women in the Ministry of Jesus: A study of Jesus' attitudes to women and their roles as reflected in his earthly life, Cambridge University Press, 1987, ISBN 0521347815, p. 39.

  4. ^ a b I. Howard Marshall, The Gospel of Luke: A commentary on the Greek text, Eerdmans, 1978, ISBN 0802835120, p. 603.

  5. ^ The parable of the Ten Virgins follows the parable of the Faithful Servant, and this parable follows the parable of the Lost Sheep.

  6. ^ Mary Ann Beavis, The Lost Coin: Parables of women, work, and wisdom, Continuum, 2002, ISBN 1841273139, p. 36.

External links

  • Biblical Art on the WWW: The Lost Coin

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Barren Fig Tree • Budding Fig Tree • Counting the cost • Drawing in the Net • Faithful Servant • Friend at Night • Good Samaritan • Great Banquet • Growing Seed • Hidden Treasure • Lamp • Leaven • Lost Coin • Lost Sheep • Master and Servant • Minas • Mustard Seed • New Wine into Old Wineskins • Pearl • Pharisee and the Publican • Prodigal Son • Rich Fool • Rich man and Lazarus • Sower • Strong Man • Talents • Tares • Ten Virgins • Tree and its Fruits • Two Debtors • Two Sons • Unjust Judge • Unjust Steward • Unforgiving Servant • Wicked Husbandmen • Wise and Foolish Builders • Workers in the Vineyard

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Assassin • Empty Jar (eleven other parables have New Testament parallels)

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This parable is about the nation of Israel. The parable is also connected with the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost son.

Jesus came to call Israel to repentance and many of his parables are about this. The parable of the lost coin is not about the church/christians though many people do apply the parables to people being 'saved'.


The parable teaches us to not be ashamed of what we are given, but to at least try, HARD.
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History of Europe
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How did Leo Tolstoy die?

Tolstoy died of pneumonia at Astapovo station in 1910 at the age of 82.

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Parables
Missionaries

What is the reason Paul went on his missionary journeys?

In his undisputed letters Paul never mentions the missionary journeys. He definitely gives us no information consistent with the first missionary journey and only sparse and contradictory information about the second and third missionary journeys described in Acts of the Apostles. In fact, Raymond E. Brown (An Introduction to the New Testament) says the the three journeys are only a convenient classification developed by students of Acts.

The three missionary journeys were probably added to Acts of the Apostles for theological reasons rather than from records of Paul's itinerary.

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Who told stories called parables that tauht about the kingdom of heaven?

either Paul, Jesus , peter ,or patrick

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New Testament
Parables

What does shrewd mean?

Shrewd means having, or showing, a sharp sense of judgement; bring astute.

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Parables

What does the parable of the lost sheep mean?

The meaning of the parable, each and every one of us are very precious in the sight of god. and he has no desire to see any one should get lost for ever.
It means that God rejoices over a sinner who repents than 99 good people who don't need to.
Here in the parable of the lost sheep, we sinful man are the lost sheep, and god is trhe sheperd who looks out for the sinners to repent and come home.
This is a story told by Jesus of Nazerus to explain his and God's love for everyone. If there is a hundred good people, but one person sins, he will leave all the others because they are doing fine, and go to comfort and save the sinner. Hope this helps on your path to God's mercy.
God will go to great lengths to be available to those who stray - He will be right there waiting when they are ready to turn to Him.

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