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Analysis Of The Parable Of The Dishonest Steward. Asked To Focus On The Idea Of A Parable And Analyze This Specific Parable In The New Testament.

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The teachings of Jesus are central to the New Testament and to Christianity. Much of what is known about the life and teachings of Jesus is written in the Bible's four Gospel books-Matthew, Mark, John, and Luke. Each of the Gospels is considered anonymous in the sense that none include the actual author's name. Three of the Gospels are remarkably similar and are often considered together and read side by side as the "Synoptic Gospels." The Synoptic Gospels include the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. These three Gospels are similar in the way that they describe the life of Jesus as traveling around and preaching the Christian viewpoint in parables, while John presents a different, spiritual view of Jesus. Another factor which makes the Synoptic Gospels alike is that the teachings of Jesus exist as parables in these three Gospels. Jesus explains his reasoning for the use of parables in Mark 4:10-12 :When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom ofGod, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that 'they may indeedlook, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may notturn again and be forgiven.'" (Ehrman 44)Therefore, only those who have a pure heart and who are true believers would understand the meaning behind his baffling analogies and its connection to life, such as in the notoriously difficult teaching labeled The Parable of the Dishonest Steward.The form and function of the literary form "parable" is very important in deciphering certain texts in the bible. Literally the term parable means to "throw alongside to make familiar or to clarify something else." A parable is a short fictitious narrative of something which might really occur in life or nature, by means of which a moral is drawn. Additionally, it is a simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson. Parables have no named characters but instead just social roles are stated. For example, Luke 16 starts off with the phrase "A rich man had a slave-manager" (Luke 16:1). The social roles of the characters are acknowledged here but no specific names are mentioned. Another characteristic of a parable is that it uses situations and activities that occur in daily life or regularly occurring events.Jesus often used parables for public teaching purposes. There are 43 parables in the Bible and all are recorded in the Synoptical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). The Synoptic Gospels are often shown together or compared side by side because they are very similar, thus alluding to the comparison portion of the parable definition. Jesus used parables as analogies to other parts of life in order to convey his religious messages. The Parable of the Dishonest Steward is an excellent example of one of Jesus' teaching parables."Jesus said to his disciples, A rich man had a slave-manager who had been slandered to his...

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