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The parables

Jesus teaches about right relationships

Most of us like to hear a good story. We tend to hear a point more clearly when it’s conveyed through story than through many other ways of teaching. That’s why the art of storytelling is one of the most enduring, creative and effective traditions of human civilization.

Storytelling progressed from using movements of the body, to drawing pictures, to using words, to all of the above—and more.

It’s an art form that provides a means of preserving and transmitting ideas, images, motives and emotions that a person or audience can relate to and understand.

Parables are a form of storytelling most commonly manifested as a brief narrative that forcefully illustrates a single idea.

Jesus of Nazareth was known for the skillful use of parables in his teaching. The context was starkly relevant and immediately applicable to his hearers.


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