A parable is... (definition)

The word for "parable" in the New Testament was often the word used to translate "mashal" in the Hebrew Old Testament as a "dark saying intended to provoke thought."

What is it in literary terms?

1. Draws an earthly parallel to a spiritual truth

2. Used 50 times in the New Testament of the Bible

3. Often the application was left ambiguous, leaving the hearer to understand the moral himself.

Fun Fact!

The Greek word "parabole" comes from "ballo," which means "to throw, cast," and "para," which means "on the side, alongside." Parable, then, might be seen as something "cast alongside."

Some examples: