A parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons, or (sometimes) a normative principle. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy.
Some scholars of the Canonical gospels and the New Testament apply the term "parable" only to the parables of Jesus, though that is not a common restriction of the term. Parables such as "The Prodigal Son" are central to Jesus' teaching method in both the canonical narratives and the apocrypha.
Famous quotes containing the word parable:
“Only in the problem play is there any real drama, because drama is no mere setting up of the camera to nature: it is the presentation in parable of the conflict between Mans will and his environment: in a word, of problem.”
—George Bernard Shaw (18561950)
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
—Bible: New Testament Jesus, in Matthew, 25:21.
Here and in 25:23, said to the two profitable servants in the parable of the talents.
“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.”
—Bible: New Testament, Luke 18:1.