Earthly Stories with a Heavenly Meaning

Welcome to the Parables of Jesus Online.

Throughout His ministry on earth, Jesus made frequent use of the parables as an important teaching vehicle to convey truth. Nearly one-third of His words recorded in the Gospels were in parables.

It is important to understand that the parable was not a format unique to Jesus, it was a common teaching method used by the Jewish rabbis. Jesus’ use of the parables differed from others in both the economy of words and the depth of the spiritual truth portrayed.

On this web site, we have two goals:

Our first goal is to provide you with the tools you need to actually properly interpret and understand the “heavenly meaning” that Jesus intended in telling these parables or stories. We will also look at the historical context and how His audience would have understood the parables. Jesus did not speak in a vacuum, He spoke stories using plain language and themes familiar to His contemporaries.

Some of the meaning might have been veiled, however the themes, context and characters of the parables would have been very familiar to those listening. Our goal on this web site is to equip you with these tools.

Our second goal is to give you an exegesis, an exposition, a critical explanation or interpretation of the Parables of Jesus based on sound theological principles. This web site is non-denominational and in the case where personal opinions of the author(s) is expressed, we will make note of it in the text.

At all time, we will adhere to sound research, and systematic theology as taught in Seminaries across the Western World. In cases where the current opinions of the most respected theologians differ, we will try to find a balance between conservative (right)  or liberal (left) point of view. In most cases, we will publish multiple point of views and let the reader make up his or her mind.

Finally, we will provide you with a “devotional interpretation” of the Parables. So, if you goal is just to learn about the Parables of Jesus for your own enjoyment or personal spiritual growth, this site will be a valuable resource to you and your family,

We have also provided you with an online search tool to find words or passages in the Bible. You can find it on the sidebar on the right side of this page.