BETHSAIDA, AD 29
Jesus of Nazareth has taken a new approach to teaching the masses. He now teaches by parable, using short stories to illustrate his points. He began doing this several Sundays ago when over a thousand people assembled near Jesus, who was sitting in a boat anchored near the shore. Jesus decided he would tell a story, and then narrated the “Parable of the Sower.”
The next day, Jesus gave the crowd several additional parables, including a new sowing parable and several about the “kingdom of heaven.” Because this new method stimulated so much discussion, Jesus held a session with his apostles about parables, what they are and how to use them. He also cautioned them about the danger of over- interpretation.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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