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parable
used in The Poisonwood Bible

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a short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
  • 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.
    Book 1 — Genesis (44% in)
parable = a short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
  • Her way of telling a parable is different from my father's.
    Book 1 — Genesis (78% in)
  • He paced, paused, spoke, and paced behind his palm-leaf altar, giving every impression he was inventing his Biblical parables on the spot.
    Book 1 — Genesis (85% in)
  • As for this truck-and-fanbelt story, the Reverend loved to speak in parables, and we could surely spot one coming.
    Book 1 — Genesis (90% in)
  • Unable to work either the dishwater or Methuselah's long memory into a proper ending for his parable, Our Father merely looked at us all and heaved the great sigh of the put-upon male.
    Book 1 — Genesis (93% in)
  • God was testing him like Job, he declared, and the point of that particular parable was that Job had done no wrong to begin with.
    Book 2 — Revelation (12% in)
  • But as luck would have it, he'd preached the parable of Daniel and the lions' den just a few days before, so naturally now they are knocking each other over to get to church on Sunday.
    Book 2 — Revelation (66% in)
  • I repeated to Nelson that, however he might interpret the parable of Job, our family doesn't believe in witch-doctor ngangas and evil-eye fetishes and the nkisis and gree-grees people wear around their necks, to ward off curses and the like.
    Book 3 — Judges (14% in)
  • His punishment is the Word, and his deficiencies are failures of words—as when he grows impatient with translation and strikes out precariously on his own, telling parables in his wildly half-baked Kikongo.
    Book 3 — Judges (18% in)
  • It's quite easy to move from there to the parable of the mustard seed.
    Book 3 — Judges (45% in)
  • I tried to think of some other work animal for my parable, but the Congo has none.
    Book 3 — Judges (77% in)
  • Father ignored this parable.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (25% in)
  • "We all understood Tata Ndu's parable.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (28% in)
  • For once he had no words to instruct our minds and improve our souls, no parable that would turn Ruth May's death by snakebite into a lesson on the Glory of God.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (86% in)
  • Christians could invent and believe in the parable of the loaves and fishes, for their farmers can trust in abundance, and ship it to burgeoning cities, where people can afford to spend their lives hardly noticing, or caring, that a seed produces a plant.
    Book 6 — Song of the Children (59% in)

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