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Mobile Ed: NT252 Parables of Jesus (audio)

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The parables of Jesus are colorful, startling, and often confusing. In this course, Dr. Dan Doriani explains this unique narrative type and walks you through proper interpretation of the parables, examining their images, themes, and applications for modern readers.

This is the audio only version of NT252 The Parables of Jesus. To purchase the full course, click here.

For more dynamic teaching on the gospels by a team of expert scholars, see the Mobile Ed: Studies in the Gospels Bundle (9 courses).

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker

Unit 1: The Purpose of Parables

  • The Nature of Parables
  • Searching for Parables in the New Testament with Search Fields
  • A Modern-Day Parable
  • How Parables Work
  • The Development of Jesus’ Teaching
  • Using a Custom Guide to View Translations of Parabolē

Unit 2: Parables Describing the Kingdom of God

  • The Parable of the Sower: A Paradigm
  • The Parable of the Sower: Its Meaning
  • Opposition and Growth in the Kingdom of God
  • Using the Bible Sense Lexicon to Find Different Referents of a Word
  • The Value of the Kingdom of God
  • Understanding Jesus’ Parables in Matthew 13

Unit 3: Parables about Life in the Kingdom of God

  • Greatness in the Kingdom
  • Studying the Kingdom with the Bible Word Study Guide
  • Living in the Kingdom: Confrontation and Forgiveness
  • Living in the Kingdom: Mercy
  • Living in the Kingdom: Grace
  • The Unfairness of Grace
  • Jesus’ Gracious Call to the Kingdom

Unit 4: Parables of Confrontation

  • Symbolic Acts and Words
  • Taking Away the Kingdom of God

Unit 5: Parables of Instruction about the Future

  • The Destruction of the Temple
  • The Return of Jesus
  • Creating and Searching Custom Theological Collections

Unit 6: Parables of Discipleship

  • Loving Your Neighbor
  • Comparing Parable Accounts with Gospel Harmonies
  • Becoming a “Neighbor”
  • Jesus’ Role in the Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • A Parable about Prayer
  • Being Confident in Prayer
  • Using Sympathetic Highlighting to Identify and Search Greek Forms
  • Prayer and the Unjust Judge
  • A Parable about Money
  • Storing Up Riches on Earth
  • Being Rich toward God
  • A Parable about Two Monks
  • Lessons from the Parable about Two Monks
  • The Parable of the Unjust Steward
  • A Proper Perspective on Money
  • Using the Power Lookup Tool to Find Lexical Entries on “Mammon”
  • Parables about Friendship and Association
  • Invitation to the Kingdom of God
  • Membership in the Kingdom of God
  • The Cost of Discipleship
  • Rejoicing When the Lost Are Found
  • The Parable of the Lost Sons
  • Using the Cited By Tool to Look Up Background Information
  • The Welcoming Father and the Older Son
  • Finding Ourselves in the Parable of the Lost Sons
  • The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Unit 7: Parables of Repentance

  • The Power of Parables
  • The Theme of Repentance in Luke’s Gospel
  • Finding Different Greek Words Used for “Repent”
  • Repent While There Is Time
  • A Change of Heart


  • Living Jesus’ Stories

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About Dr. Daniel M. Doriani

Dr. Daniel M. Doriani (STM, PhD) is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible and commentaries on Matthew and 1 Peter in the Reformed Expository Commentaries series.