Parables & Stories

Jesus was a master storyteller. Like other Jewish teachers, he knew that storytelling is a highly effective teaching method. Parables prove a speaker’s point by inviting listeners to immerse themselves in the story and arrive at the conclusion themselves. Logical arguments, on the other hand, invite defensive rebuttals and fail to move listeners emotionally.

Sower and SoilThousands of parables exist in rabbinic literature that were based on similar themes as Jesus. They too preached about farmers, shepherds, kings and banquets. Almost all of them come from after Jesus’ time. But we can still learn about Jesus’ teaching by hearing how others preached with similar stories.

Below are some reflections on the stories of Jesus (and others) that reveal the power of a good parable.

Brief Articles

Why Parables? Did Jesus use Parables to Hide His Meaning?
How will God Judge Us? A Parable About Judging
A Parable for a Sukkah The Good Samaritans
I’m Glad I’m Not Like Him! The Coming of Jubilee
The Merciful Farmer Coming Home Again
How Much More… The Mustard Seed
A Little Leaven Manager’s Shrewd Idea
A Good Day’s Pay Always Ready
The Golden Table Leg Nathan’s Story
A Gift that Grows The Other Lost Son
Which Type are You? The Price Tag