A Study of Parables Taken From Luke's Gospel

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A Study of Parables Taken From Luke's Gospel

This coursework is about parables taken from Luke's Gospel. I plan to

investigate different areas of parables. Starting from what the term

parable mean. Then I will move my studies to discussing the meaning

and relevance of parables to Christians today. From there I will focus

my work on debating about whether parables are still relevant today.

GCSE Religious Coursework

Question ai - what is meant by the term parable?

In the dictionary the term parable is described as "a story told to

illustrate a moral or spiritual truth". The term parable also has a

more significant meaning to it. Parables are some of the best stories,

which are known to us from Jesus. There are many different parables or

stories such as "the good Samaritan" or "the lost sheep".

The word "parable" means "to put beside" or "to compare" and it

describes a type of story, which has a parallel meaning that you could

put along side it. The word "parable" derives from the Greek word

"parobles". These stories were not fantasy tales but were taken from

everyday lives. The old explanation for the term parable is parable "

an earthly story with a heavenly meaning". It is very easy to

recognize why parables are described as " comparisons" because in many

parables there is a popular theme associated with comparing the

kingdom of God with objects and people. For example in the parable of

the "lost son" also known as the "prodigal son". The forgiveness from

the kingdom of God is compared to human forgiveness. Another example

is in the parable of "the lost sheep" where we humans are compared

with sheep that go astray.


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...tood by anyone today. This is because they

deal with the basic needs of human beings. We do not need special

insight to understand the parable of the lost son, or the parable of

the good Samaritan, their meanings are obvious as read them.

GCSE Religious Coursework


I used a variety of books to assist me in my coursework. I used the

bible to help me with saying what happens in each of the stories. I

used the GCSE blue booklet on the "Nature of Christian discipleship,

Jesus the healer, and Christian life." I also used to borrowed books

to give me a further insight of parables. These books were: "Jesus and

the four gospels" which gave an illustrated documentary about Jesus

portrayed through the four gospels. The second book was " Jesus and

his teachings" which covered areas similar to the first book.
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