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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parable  \Par"a*ble\,  a.  [L.  parabilis  fr  parare  to  provide.] 
  Procurable.  [Obs.]  --Sir  T.  Browne. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parable  \Par"a*ble\,  n.  [F.  parabole,  L.  parabola,  fr  Gr  ?  a 
  placing  beside  or  together,  a  comparing,  comparison,  a 
  parable,  fr  ?  to  throw  beside,  compare;  ?  beside  +  ?  to 
  throw;  cf  Skr.  gal  to  drop.  Cf  {Emblem},  {Gland}, 
  {Palaver},  {Parabola},  {Parley},  {Parabole},  {Symbol}.] 
  A  comparison;  a  similitude;  specifically,  a  short  fictitious 
  narrative  of  something  which  might  really  occur  in  life  or 
  nature,  by  means  of  which  a  moral  is  drawn;  as  the  parables 
  of  Christ.  --Chaucer. 
  Declare  unto  us  the  parable  of  the  tares.  --Matt.  xiii. 
  Syn:  See  {Allegory},  and  Note  under  {Apologue}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parable  \Par"a*ble\,  v.  t. 
  To  represent  by  parable.  [R.] 
  Which  by  the  ancient  sages  was  thus  parabled.  --Milton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  short  moral  story  (often  with  animal  characters)  [syn:  {fable}, 
  {allegory},  {apologue}] 
  2:  (New  Testament)  any  of  the  stories  told  by  Jesus  to  convey 
  his  religious  message;  "the  parable  of  the  prodigal  son" 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Gr.  parabole),  a  placing  beside;  a  comparison;  equivalent  to 
  the  Heb.  mashal,  a  similitude.  In  the  Old  Testament  this  is  used 
  to  denote  (1)  a  proverb  (1  Sam.  10:12;  24:13;  2  Chr.  7:20),  (2) 
  a  prophetic  utterance  (Num.  23:7;  Ezek.  20:49),  (3)  an  enigmatic 
  saying  (Ps.  78:2;  Prov.  1:6).  In  the  New  Testament,  (1)  a 
  proverb  (Mark  7:17;  Luke  4:23),  (2)  a  typical  emblem  (Heb.  9:9; 
  11:19),  (3)  a  similitude  or  allegory  (Matt.  15:15;  24:32;  Mark 
  3:23;  Luke  5:36;  14:7);  (4)  ordinarily,  in  a  more  restricted 
  sense  a  comparison  of  earthly  with  heavenly  things  "an  earthly 
  story  with  a  heavenly  meaning,"  as  in  the  parables  of  our  Lord. 
  Instruction  by  parables  has  been  in  use  from  the  earliest 
  times.  A  large  portion  of  our  Lord's  public  teaching  consisted 
  of  parables.  He  himself  explains  his  reasons  for  this  in  his 
  answer  to  the  inquiry  of  the  disciples,  "Why  speakest  thou  to 
  them  in  parables?"  (Matt.  13:13-15;  Mark  4:11,  12;  Luke  8:9, 
  10).  He  followed  in  so  doing  the  rule  of  the  divine  procedures, 
  as  recorded  in  Matt.  13:13. 
  The  parables  uttered  by  our  Lord  are  all  recorded  in  the 
  synoptical  (i.e.,  the  first  three)  Gospels.  The  fourth  Gospel 
  contains  no  parable  properly  so  called  although  the 
  illustration  of  the  good  shepherd  (John  10:1-16)  has  all  the 
  essential  features  of  a  parable.  (See  List  of  Parables  in 

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