NextLevel Online: Parables

Session 7: Historical Background: the Dress of the Parable

Session 7 covers Historical Background: the Dress of the Parable. It also includes all issues at stake and parables where it matters.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline
  • Bailey helps us greatly here.

  • Issues at stake:

    • Where the parable flies to fantasy and leaves “true-to-life.”

    • Where we are culturally unable to hear (Lk. 15:12, 13, 25).

    • Skipping details—“down” (Lk. 10:30).

    • Assessing cultural background—Tonya from Russia.

    • When background becomes foreground.

  • Parables where it matters:

    • Wadis (Matt. 7:24-27).

    • Wine making (Matt. 9:17).

    • Soils (Matt. 13:3-8).

    • Squatter’s rights (Matt. 13:44; 21:33-44).

    • Darnel seeds (Matt. 13:24-30).

    • Closets in ancient houses (Matt. 13:52).

    • Hiring people late in the day (Matt. 20:1-16).

    • Wedding customs (Matt. 22:2-14; 25:1-13).

    • Hospitality (Lk. 11:5-8; 18:2-8).

    • Managers (Lk. 16:1-8).

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