Category:Parables of Jesus (subject)

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Parables of Jesus refers to a series of narratives attributed to Jesus of Nazareth in the gospels and early Christian tradition.

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Overview

Parables were common and quite popular in ancient teaching. They were short, effective, and easy to remember.

The Synoptics and Thomas preserve Jesus' parables in their more original form. The parables generally focus on the announcement of the coming of the Kingdom of God. In the Gospel of John they become more a vehicle of self-revelation.

The Mark Tradition

  • New Wine (Mark 2:22-22; Matthew 9:17-17; Luke 5:37-39)
  • Strong Man (Mark 3:27-27; Matthew 12:29-29; Luke 11:21-22)
  • Sower (Mark 4:3-9; Matthew 13:3-9; Luke 8:5-8; Thomas 9; 1 Clement 24:5)
  • Mustard Seed (Mark 4:30-32; Matthew 13:31-32; Luke 13:18-19; Thomas 20)
  • Faithful Servant (Mark 13:34-37; Matthew 24:42-51; Luke 12:35-48; Thomas 103; Didache 16:1)

The Matthew-Luke Tradition

  • Wise and the Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:46-49)
  • Leaven (Matthew 13:33-33; Luke 13:20-21; Thomas 96)
  • Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:10-14; Luke 15:4-6; Thomas 107; Gospel of Truth 31-32; cf. John 10:1-18)
  • Great Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24)
  • Talents (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27; Gospel of the Nazoraeans 18)

The Matthew Tradition

  • Tares (Matthew 13:24-30; Thomas 57)

Three Parables of the kingdom

The Luke Tradition

The Thomas Tradition

The Parables of Jesus, in ancient sources

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