What is a Parable?
A parable is a short story that is meant to teach a lesson or illustrate a moral truth. The characters and events of a parable are usually allegorical—that is, they stand for abstract ideas and principles, such as love and forgiveness. Among the best known parables are those attributed to Jesus and presented in the Gospels of the New Testament. As you read the selections, look for details that are characteristic of each literary form.