Parables (NEW04)

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Jesus’ chosen method of teaching was the parable. But what is a parable and why did Jesus speak in parables? How were the parables understood by those who first heard them, and what do they have to say to us today? These are some of the questions we shall be answering in this module on the parables.

The parables of Jesus must be understood in their original context. This module sets out to understand them as they were intended, drawing important, practical lessons relevant to present day circumstances.

This is one of our New Testament Modules forming part of our Applied Biblical Studies course. Students working towards a British Bible School award will receive 5 Module Credits upon completion of all given assignments.

The Module will be offered as part of our Online Extension Programme for 12 weeks commencing 27th April 2021. To register for this Module, please complete this Module Registration Form.

Module details

  • Classes will be held each Tuesday evening on the Zoom video conferencing platform
  • Classes will run from 7.30 to 9.30pm with a short break for half time
  • The cost of the Module is £30 (waived for Friends of the British Bible School)
  • The class size will be limited to twelve students

Module content

  • In this module we shall look at the use of parables in the Bible and how they differ from other figures of speech.
  • We shall see how parables have been interpreted in the past and how they ought to be interpreted today.
  • We shall look at how Jesus used parables and why he chose this method of teaching.
  • We shall note the original setting and context of Jesus’ parables as we seek to understand their lessons for us today.

Module outline

Unit 1 – Understanding the Parables
Unit 2 – Characteristics of the Kingdom
Unit 3 – Entering the Kingdom
Unit 4 – The Wisdom of the Kingdom
Unit 5 – Living in the Kingdom

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will:

  • be familiar with key terms and their meaning in relation to this subject
  • be able to identify various figures of speech used in the Bible
  • have developed a basic understanding of the history of the interpretation of the parables
  • understand the importance of seeing the parables in their original setting and context
  • be able to read the parables of Jesus with a greater understanding and insight

For more details, please see the Module syllabus available by clicking here.