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The scripture scholar William Barclay explains the magic of parables: Parables make the truth concrete by a turning it into a picture which people can envision and understand. · Parables begin from the here and now in order to lead to the there and then. In other words parables begin with the familiar in order to teach something new. · Parables, like most story-telling techniques, compel interest. · Parables enable a person to discover a truth or an idea for her or himself. Because the words were spoken and not read, the impact of the parable had to be immediate, making the truth flash upon a person as lightning suddenly illuminates a pitch-dark night. · For those unwilling to accept its message, the parable remains a mystery.


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