What are parables?

What are parables? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. plural of parable
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In John, although there are a few parabolic sayings, there are no parables comparable with the synoptic tradition.
Here, as in other parables, Jesus uses a symbol to turn our understanding upside down.
Jesus' use of parables also shows us that stories are not just for children or the unsophisticated.
We have gathered several facts which may not unfitly be woven into parables, and made to illustrate truth.
As we shall see, narrative parables are generally considered to be the most distinctive form of parabolic teaching used by Jesus.
Similarly, the parables in Scripture are stories meant to help us think and act with Jesus.

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