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Tenth Day of Christmas: 10 Virgins in the Parable of the 10 Virgins
Jesus’ parables are among the most read and loved sections of the Bible. Just as in the times of Jesus, the parables are filled with vivid images and touch the readers in powerful ways. In short, the parables have been an important source of wisdom, instruction, and solace for Christians everywhere.
3 Types of Parables
Did you know there are 3 kinds of parables told in the Bible? Let’s take a look–
- Metaphor: Comparison of two objects, emphasizing a specific similarity or similarities. When the psalmist affirms that “God is my rock” (Ps. 18:2, 31; 42:9), we should not understand that God is literally a rock. Rather, the psalmist is comparing a specific characteristic of rocks with a specific characteristic of God. That is, just as rocks are solid and strong, so is God.
- Simile: Like a metaphor, a simile is a comparison between two objects. However, the comparison in a simile is more evident, which makes the comparison more vivid. Similes use the words as and like to make the comparison between the two objects obvious. When the psalmist writes, “man is like a breath,” (Ps. 144:4) the comparison is direct and clear, with “the kingdom of God (or heaven)” are examples of similes.
- Allegory: An allegory is an extended metaphor, it refers to stories, poems, images, and words that convey meanings beyond the literal one. An example of an intended allegory in the New Testament is found in Gal. 4:21-31, in which Sarah and Hagar stand for two covenants.
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Jesus used parables to communicate important truth about God’s Kingdom. Parables of Jesus is a 14-page full color pamphlet that will introduce you to the parables of Jesus. All 39 of these “heavenly stories with earthly meanings” are explained: the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, the Lost Sheep, the Mustard Seed, the Talents, and more. Parables of Jesus is an excellent way to learn more about the stories that show God’s purposes in the world. Parables of Jesus also includes tips for studying parables for Bible Study groups.
8.5 x 5.5 inches; unfolds to 38 inches. 14 panels. Fits inside a Bible cover.