short didactic story which illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles
A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse, that illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles. It differs from a fable in that fables employ animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature as characters, whereas parables have human characters. A parable is a type of metaphorical analogy.Some scholars of the canonical gospels and the New Testament apply the term "parable" only to the parables of Jesus,
although that is not a common restriction of the term. Parables such as the parable of the Prodigal Son are important to Jesus's teaching method.
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