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    started a topic What is a Parable?

    What is a Parable?


    by Leland Ryken
    A simple and brief story, usually allegorical, that primarily serves to teach and only secondarily to entertain. Parable is a major—and often misunderstood—biblical genre. Although there was an era in which biblical scholars claimed that the parables are not allegorical, that viewpoint has been discredited. The parables are obviously allegorical texts. We should immediately make the contrast between interpreting an allegorical text andallegorizing a text. The latter procedure involves foisting allegorical meanings on a text that was not intended to be interpreted allegorically. This is an unnatural thing to do with language and discourse. The parables of Jesus are allegorical in the sense that numerous details in most of his parables stand for something else. There is, to be sure, an allegorical continuum on which we can place individual parables: in some parables, nearly all of the details have an allegorical or “other” meaning; in others, fewer details are allegorical; and at the far end of the continuum, only a f...
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  • Lazarus and the rich man – parable or actual event?

    In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus tells the story of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus and describes how they lived in this life and what their circumstances were after they died.
    There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.

    The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.”

    But Abraham said, “Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but
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