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The Parables of Jesus

Jesus taught complex concepts using parables. This enabled him to communicate effectively with people who were not highly educated. In the main, his audience were often simple country people. He had the advantage of using a language which lent itself to double meanings, as Aramaic words have multiple meanings. There is also the issue that the Aramaic language did not have words for abstract concepts, and it was necessary to use simple concrete words to convey abstract terms. When the gospels were translated into Greek, the translators had to cope with a language where one word had many meanings (Aramaic), and translate that into Greek, where many words have almost the same meaning. Subsequently these gospels were translated into English. In all this time, biblical scholars were wrestling to find the right words. That they have failed to do so, is evidenced by the obvious difficulty we now have of obtaining meaning from the New Testament. Fortunately we have been privileged to be given an insight into the original meaning intended. We now also have some parables that were lost, not having been preserved in the New Testament.

Author Title Date of Message
John Tares in the field March 15th, 1917
Jesus The parable of new wine in old jars or casks, and the new cloth November 2nd, 1954
Jesus The Sermon on the Good Shepherd. March 16th, 1955
Jesus Parables of wise and foolish virgins explained. March 29th, 1955
Jesus Sermon 31 - The first Isaiah, prophet of Israel. (The parable of the unprofitable vineyard.) April 21st, 1960
Jesus Revelation 10: Jesus meeting with Nicodemus. July 12th, 1960
Judas Hidden meanings in Jesus’ parables. August 25th, 2001
Judas The parable of the mustard seed. August 31st, 2001
Judas The parable of the ten talents. August 29th, 2001
Judas Communication of Truth, and the use of parables. December 12th, 2001
Judas The Prodigal Son. February 18th, 2002
Judas The wedding at Cana. March 3rd, 2002
Judas Stand up and be counted (2). April 16th, 2002
Judas The unfaithful steward. April 19th, 2002
Judas The Good Samaritan. May 3rd, 2002
Judas The parable of the almond tree. January 27th, 2003
Judas The parable of the rotten timber. January 31st, 2003
Judas The coin in the fish’s mouth. April 14th, 2003
Judas The parable of the rose garden. April 23rd, 2003
Judas The parable of the two rooms. May 4th, 2003
Jesus Jesus and the Talmud - The Parable. September 27th, 2006