New Testament Parables (learn-at-your-own-pace for the individual learner)
What is a Parable and How are they used in Scripture? In this class, you will hear the stories, learn about them from scholars who research them in depth, and have the opportunity to reflect on them from your own experience and tradition.
Parables are stories that Jesus is credited with telling in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). He uses these entertaining and relatable stories to teach what is important to his message. This class will look at some of these stories and see what wisdom was meant for Jesus' audience and what can be gleaned for us in our current context.
When you purchase this digital learn-at-your-own-pace option, you will receive a link to an online learning platform. Through this platform, you will be able to view the lessons. The program is divided into 4-weekly sections and each contains a number of lessons. With your purchase, you will receive the first week's lessons. Then, every seven days, you will receive the next set of lessons. The fourth week of this program is a bonus multi-generational hands-on learning curriculum.
You will hear the stories, learn about them from scholars who research them in depth, and have the opportunity to reflect on them from your own experience and tradition.
Would you like to study with a group? Try one of these options:
- Sign up for one of our online learning cohorts.
- Purchase the learn-at-your-own pace curriculum and start learning! Then watch for opportunities to join with others to talk about what you are learning.
- Pull together a group from your congregation, collogues or other place. Reach out to Michele Grove at email@example.com and ask about group pricing. She is happy to put together a package for your group at a discounted rate. Rates depend on the program and size of group.
Through each section, you will learn about the context of the stories. When and where were the stories first told? Who was the audience? Why are there two creation stories? We will look at the similarities and differences in the stories and discuss their importance for the audience in which they were each written. This will lead us to reflect a bit more deeply on their value for today's reader.