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The Parables
In The
Gospels


The Parables in the Synoptic Gospels

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke were all written from the same perspective and probably used some of the same source material for their accounts.

Matthew
Mark
Luke
Lamp on a Stand5.14-154.21-228.16-17; 11.33
Wise and Foolish Builders7.24-276.47-49
New Cloth on an Old Garment9.162.215.36
New Wine in Old Wineskins9.172.225.37-38
The Sower13.3-84.3-88.5-8
Wheat and Tares13.24-30
Mustard Seed13.31-324.30-3213.18-19
Leaven13.3313.20-21
Hidden Treasure13.44
Pearl of Great Price13.45-46
Fish in the Net13.47-50
Lost Sheep18.12-1415.4-7
Unmerciful Servant18.23-35
Workers in the Vineyard20.1-16
Two Sons21.28-32
Wicked Tenants (Absent Landlord)21.33-4112.1-920.9-16
The Wedding Banquet22.2-14
Fig Tree24.32-3413.28-3021.29-32
The Theif24.4312.39
Absent Householder13.32-37
Ten Virgins25.1-13
Talents (Mt); Minas (Lk)25.14-3019.11-27
Sheep and Goats25.31-46
Growing Seed4.26-29
Moneylender and Two Debtors7.41-43
Good Samaritan10.30-37
Friend at Midnight11.5-8
Rich Fool12.16-21
Watchful Servants12.35-40
Faithful Servant12.42-48
Barren Fig Tree13.6-9
Places of Honor at a Wedding14.7-14
Great Banquet14.16-24
Counting the Cost14.28-33
Lost Coin15.8-10
Lost Son15.11-32
Shrewd Manager16.1-9
Rich Man and Lazarus16.19-31
Unworthy Servants17.7-10
Persistent Widow18.1-8
Pharisee and the Tax Collector18.9-14



The "Parables" in John

The Gospel of John does not contain the word parable. However, in John 10.6 following Jesus' metaphor of the Good Shepard (John 10.1-5) and in John 16.25,29 following the Women in Travail (John 16.20-24), what is translated as "this figure of speech," is the Greek paroimia meaning "wise saying" or "riddle."

None of the following "parables" take the same form as the parables in the synoptic Gospels, yet Jesus' unique style of teaching is still apparent. These parables then, help to establish the historical continuity between the Gospel of John and the other four.

Blowing Wind3.8
Bridegroom's Attendant3.29
Fields Ripe for Harvest4.35-38
Father and Son5.19-20
The Slave and the Son8.35
Good Shepherd10.1-5
Twelve Hours of Daylight11.9-10
Kernal of Wheat12.24
Walking in the Light12.35
Preparing a Place14.2-4
The Vine and the Branches15.1-8
Women in Travail16.20-24


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