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Definition a short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
  • Many people have heard the parable of the prodigal son.
parable = a short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
  • This parable [The Good Samaritan] is one of the most famous from the New Testament and its influence is such that to be called a Samaritan in Western culture today is to be described as a generous person who is ready to provide aid to people in distress without hesitation.
    Parable of the Good Samaritan - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Good_Samaritan (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • The parable [The Good Samaritan] is told by Jesus to illustrate that compassion should be for all people, and that fulfilling the spirit of the Law is more important than fulfilling the letter of the Law.
    Parable of the Good Samaritan - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Good_Samaritan (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • My father mopped his brow again and launched into the parable of the one mustard seed falling on a barren place, and the other one on good soil.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • parable = a short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
  • If you wish to speak in parables, Doctor Battius, you must find another listener.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Prairie
  • That's a parable of the general situation in England.
    Kipling, Rudyard  --  Actions and Reactions
  • Hump, do you know the parable of the sower who went forth to sow?
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • "Oh, don't talk in these parables," cried Flambeau impatiently.
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Wisdom Of Father Brown
  • The detailed nature of Jesus' spiritual teaching cannot be fully agreed upon because accounts are fragmentary and because he made extensive use of paradox, metaphor and parable, leaving it unclear how literally he wished to be taken and precisely what he meant.
    New Testament view on Jesus' life - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_in_the_Christian_Bible (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • The parable of Pythagoras is dark, but true ... Eat not the heart.
    Bacon, Sir Francis  --  The Essays
  • He thought of Cronshaw's parable of the Persian carpet.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • These things are a parable.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • When I chuckled at the older woman's invocation of the parable, she laughed, too.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The Gospel of Mark tells us, 'Unto you is given to know the mystery .... but it will be told in parable.'
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • You want parables and proverbs, go to church.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • I just can't take any more of your parables and diddering around.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • A parable to a parable-loving people, it taught what the Christ had so often asserted—that his mission was not political.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • I know that we ought all to have solemn thoughts on these occasions, but I see no use in speaking in parables.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • And the History of Dives and Lazarus, make nothing against this, if wee take it (as it is) for a Parable.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The Garden of Forking Paths is an enormous riddle, or parable, whose theme is time; this recondite cause prohibits its mention.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths

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