One of the notable aspects of Jesus’ ministry is that He frequently taught using parables, or short religiously instructive stories “that make use of characters, situations, and customs familiar to their audience.” In fact, Jesus used nearly 50 parables and other metaphors during his ministry as recorded in the New Testament Gospels.
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