Author: Ron Graham

Glossary Simplybible

Word Study: Parable

Word family: Parable, parabolic.

Synonyms: Story with a moral, analogy, similitude, allegory, illustrative narrative, symbolic anecdote

Related ideas: Interpretation, kingdom of God, the Judgment

Definitions: To tell a parable means to cast a familiar idea beside an unfamiliar idea in such a way that the comparison helps people to better understand and grasp the unfamiliar idea. A story is told, certain features of which are analogous or parallel to the points or principles one wishes to drive home.

Greek References: parabolee 3850 (Strong) from 3846 paraballo, cf 3942. Note that para means beside, and ballo means to cast or throw. So parable means to cast beside.


  Nathan's parable to David

  Some well known parables of Jesus

  Some other interesting parables

Comment: Jesus was a consummate teller of parabless. He used to often speak in parables rather than speaking in plain language. He did this so that hostile listeners could make no case against him whilst genuine listeners would find his parables memorable and illuminating (Matthew 13:10-17).