Parable

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.

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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 Man’s will and his environment: in a word, of problem.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

    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.