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The Classic Studies on the Parables of the Bible Collection offers some of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’ most significant studies on Jesus’ and the Old Testament’s parables—over 11,000 pages of research. From familiar authors such as A. C. Gaebelein, H. B. Swete, and A. B. Bruce, you’ll get the best in classic scholarship on some of the most important teachings on character, God, faith, and more.

This collection contains a wide array of studies on the parables of the Bible, including resources for teaching the parables to youth, sermon structures for teaching the parables, Greek and Hebrew exegesis of Old Testament parables, and personal devotional application from the lessons of the parables. Whether you’re a pastor, scholar, or student, this collection will help you conduct research and give you practical advice.

The Logos edition of this collection gets you access to much more. Each volume is completely searchable, allowing you to find every study on any specific parable, or find every parable on a specific topic.

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  • Analytical studies on New and Old Testament parables
  • Thorough pastoral and exegetical treatment of Jesus’ parables
  • Dozens of illustrations and summaries of each parable
  • Sermons, sermon outlines, classroom lessons, and personal devotionals
  • Title: Classic Studies on the Parables of the Bible
  • Volumes: 30
  • Pages: 11,082
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The Parables of the Lord Jesus according to S. Matthew Arranged, Compared, and Illustrated

  • Author: Thomas Richey
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: E. & J. B. Young & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 406

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Breaking the parables of Jesus into four primary groups, Thomas Richey analyzes Jesus’ ministry in light of the qualities that define each group. Inspired by similar studies by Siegfried Goebel and Alexander B. Bruce, Richey’s study of Jesus’ parables recorded in the Gospel of Matthew takes nothing for granted and analyzes every word, understanding that Jesus spoke by purposefully and intentionally in choosing them. Richey discusses each parable of the Gospel of Matthew at length, exploring the parable’s audience, location, and timing in Jesus’ ministry in order to fully realize the Kingdom of Heaven Matthew enthusiastically records.

Dr. Richey’s work is not a hasty compilation, merely made up of other men’s thoughts and sayings. It is full of quotations from beginning to end, showing that, in the profound study of many years he has swept over the whole field—patristic, mediaeval, and modern. . . . We unhesitatingly commend this work of Dr. Richey’s as clearly the best yet issues on the special subject of ‘The Parables of our blessed Lord.’ It contains the quintessence of all the leading writers who have previously treated the same marvelous theme.

—J. H. Hopkins, The Church Review, vol. 52

His standpoint and fundamental position is a sound one, that the Parables must be studied as they stand in their connections. . . . The author may be commended for the carefulness of his exegesis as well as for his freedom from dogmatic presuppositions. Perhaps the highest point of excellence is reached in the homiletical element which pervades the work. The expositions and applications are clear and spirited.

The Old & New Testament Student, vol. 9

Thomas Richey (1833–1905) held doctorates in sacred theology and divinity. He was president of St. Stephen’s College (now Bard College) from 1861 to 1863, and later taught ecclesiastical history at St. Mary’s Hall and Shattuck School in 1869. He would finally teach at the General Theological Seminary (now the Episcopal Theological Seminary) in New York from 1879 to 1903. He was an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.

The Parables of the Kingdom: A Course of Lectures

  • Author: Henry Barclay Swete
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 213

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This series of lectures came from the course of Swete’s teaching at the University of Cambridge in 1908. The lectures themselves drew a crowd of students larger than his usual attendance and received a popular reception. Featuring 18 lectures treating 18 of Jesus’ parables, various lectures on topics that find their foundation in Jesus’ parables, and lectures on the interpretation and use of parables, this volume presents 30 lectures exegeting and applying parabolic wisdom.

Henry Barclay Swete (1835–1917) was a professor of theology at King’s College in London from 1882 to 1890 and later the Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1890 to 1915. He held a doctorate of divinity from King’s College and was a scholar in the Anglican Church. He published works on the Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian doctrine, and edited and translated various Greek texts and Septuagints.

The Seven Parables: Matthew 13

  • Author: A. C. Gaebelein
  • Publisher: The Bible House of Los Angeles
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 56

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This concise work lays out the seven parables of Matthew 13 as describing God’s vision for Christianity here on earth. A. C. Gaebelein takes on the task of interpreting Jesus’ “kingdom of heaven” through the eyes of the Old Testament and the messages of his parables.

One of the best treatises on Matthew 13, which I have seen, is a pamphlet by Dr. A. C. Gaebelein. In this he sets forth the thesis that the kingdom of heaven as represented in these parables is none other than what we call Christendom. On this point, I feel that he is absolutely correct.

—David L. Cooper, president, Biblical Research Society

Arno Clemens Gaebelein (1861–1945) was ordained a deacon in 1884 before becoming an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was the editor of Our Hope, a Christian periodical, and worked closely with C. I. Scofield on the massive Scofield Reference Bible.

The Parables of Jesus: A Methodical Exposition

  • Author: Siegfried Goebel
  • Translator: J. S. Banks
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 460

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Siegfried Goebel sets out to define and explore the limits of parable in the Gospels. Arranging the parables by their content and meaning, he brings the reader to understand either their figurative narrative or their concrete, literal command. He treats each parable individually and demonstrates the qualities that prove each parable fall into one of his two categories: “figurative” or “typical” (literal).

His book is written in an agreeable style, and betrays on every page learning, acuteness, soundness of judgment, and considerable exegetical tact. . . . It will, we conceive, be of service to the preacher, not in suggesting the materials or the arrangement of a discourse, but, which is far more important, in giving him that clear apprehension of the purport of a given parable. . . . It is always a pleasure to read his candid, scholarly, direct, and manly handling of the divine words.

—T. W. Chambers, The Presbyterian Review, vol. 2

The work has found considerable favor in Germany. . . . Notwithstanding all which has been written on the subject, there is still a place for this book, and it will be found valuable to ministers and others who wish to make a careful study of the parables of our Lord.

New Englander and Yale Review, vol. 43

Another special excellence is the manner in which the parables are connected with the great periods in Christ’s ministry. Far more attention is given to the grouping of the parables than we find in Trench. The introduction is . . . sound and sensible. We ought to add, perhaps, that the book before us represents the highest Protestant orthodoxy. We can only express in conclusion our earnest hope that the book may be carefully studied by many of our own clergy.

—W. E. Addis, The Dublin Review

This ought to be one of the most helpful of all volumes in The Foreign Theological Library. . . . such expositions as those of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son are as full of human feeling as others are of ripe learning. The volume is quite a treasury of original exposition on a subject on which preachers constantly need help, and on which little that is new has appeared in recent years.

Methodist Recorder

Siegfried Abraham Goebel (1844–1928) was born in Winningen, Germany, and served both as a pastor at Poznan, Germany, and as court chaplain in Halberstadt, Germany. He was also a professor of theology at Bonn University.

J. S. Banks was a professor of theology at Headingley College. He was fluent in German and Hebrew, was an ordained Wesleyan-Methodist minister, and had both a master’s degree and a doctorate of divinity.

The Parables of Our Lord

  • Author: William Arnot
  • Publisher: T. Nelson and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 532

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William Arnot’s take on the parables of Jesus provides a refreshing, intelligent view of metaphor, analogy, and symbolism. Applying his expertise on proverbial and analogous language to the parables, Arnot presents a logical interpretation of the parables that exegetes the Gospel’s narratives in harmony with the rest of the Bible.

He was a great lover and admirer of nature, and from her works drew many lessons to illustrate his sermons. His addresses to the young both instructed and fascinated their minds. . . . Mr. Arnot’s books and his contributions to magazines were popular and much read. . . . As a citizen he was highly esteemed.

—Andrew Aird, publisher and writer, Aird & Coghill

William Arnot (1808–1875) was a Scottish preacher and theological writer who studied and ministered in Glasgow through the Free Church of Scotland. He earned his theological degree from Glasgow University. He was widely recognized for his study of ancient Greek and is best known for his books on Proverbs.

The Lesser Parables of Our Lord and the Lessons of Grace in the Language of Nature

  • Author: William Arnot
  • Publisher: T. Nelson and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 464

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Published posthumously, this volume contains Arnot’s lectures, sermons, and writings on each of the lesser parables of Jesus, his lessons on grace in the language of nature, a commentary on the first epistle of Peter, and lessons on life in Christ. Prefaced with a biography on the author, this volume reveals his pastoral and intellectual character, explores his wide knowledge of Scripture, and brings you right into the most important themes and insights in the Bible.

William Arnot was a remarkable man. He was a power in his time, and made himself felt as a preacher, writer, lecturer, both on this and on the other side of the Atlantic. . . . here we have a man simple yet strong-brained, earnest and true, full of humour, full too of ‘the milk of human kindness.’

—Canon Bell

William Arnot (1808–1875) was a Scottish preacher and theological writer who studied and ministered in Glasgow through the Free Church of Scotland. He earned his theological degree from Glasgow University. He was widely recognized for his study of ancient Greek and is best known for his books on Proverbs.

The Parables of Our Lord Explained and Applied

  • Author: Francis Bourdillon
  • Publisher: American Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 320

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This volume provides simple, practical explanations and applications for each of the parables of Jesus, giving pastors a great cross-reference with which to generate preaching ideas and giving families a foundation for family Bible study. Each chapter is written with the understanding that it can be read independently of the rest, allowing readers to dive into any parable that interests them without losing important prefatory notes established in earlier chapters.

Francis William Bourdillon (1852–1921) was a British writer, poet, translator, and preacher. He attended Oxford and is best known for his poetry, romantic novels, and translations.

The Parables of Our Saviour Expounded and Illustrated

  • Author: William M. Taylor
  • Publisher: A. C. Armstrong and Son
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 445

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Expounding on the parables of Jesus, William M. Taylor writes this volume to his congregation at Broadway Tabernacle Church at their request. Delivering the parables with profound insight and application, this work explores 26 parables and analyzes them in the context of the narratives of their respective Gospels. Taylor delivers an expert exegesis and makes each parable accessible for the church-goer as well as the church leader.

Dr. Taylor shows in this work his large acquaintance with this portion of religious literature. A better book for the study, the Sunday school, and the Christian has not been issued this season.

New York Observer

Dr. Taylor’s style is clear and strong, and he brings out with great distinctness the leading thoughts contained in each parable. It will be read with pleasure and profit by thoughtful Christians. The volume is one of more than ordinary richness.

Methodist Recorder

They are clear and direct in style, abound in apt illustrations, are textually faithful, and breathe a devout and scholarly spirit.

Lutheran Quarterly

The whole series is characterized in a remarkable degree by strong common sense and a shrewd insight into human nature and needs, as well as by the loyal purpose to lead men and women to God.


William Mackergo Taylor (1829–1895) graduated from the University of Glasgow at the relatively young age of 20. He was licensed as a preacher three years later, in 1852, by the United Presbytery of Ayrshire and two years later became the head pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Bootle, England. In 1872, he received a letter asking him to pastor the Broadway Tabernacle Church in New York, which position he gladly accepted and held until 1892. He was an extremely sought-after preacher, public speaker, and rhetorician.

A Parabolic Teaching of Christ: A Systematic and Critical Study of the Parables of Our Lord

  • Author: Alexander Balmain Bruce
  • Publisher: A. C. Armstrong and Son
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 515

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In his typically scholarly manner, A. B. Bruce analyzes and interprets the parables of Jesus, building on the foundation of study that was set by Richard C. Trench, Siegfried Goebel, Ernst J. G. de Valenti, William Arnot, and other scholars and preachers before him. He develops his own interpretations and theories based on the Bible text itself, and then draws from a rich tradition of German, Scottish, Irish, and American scholars—even bringing in the Latin studies of Calvin, Jerome, and others. With Bruce’s profound, rich, and multilevel discourse, your investigation of Jesus’ parables will find itself a fruitful and intellectual study.

Alexander Balmain Bruce (1831–1899) was a professor of apologetics and New Testament exegesis at Free Church College, where he taught for 24 years. He also authored The Humiliation of Christ and The Training of the Twelve.

Sketches of Sermons on the Parables and Miracles of Christ

  • Author: Jabez Burns
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1849
  • Pages: 299

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Jabez Burns provides a pastor’s guide to preaching the parables of Jesus. In this volume, he cross-references each parable to Old Testament passages, application ideas, and exegetical observations. This volume also explores each of the miracles of Christ, demonstrating the evangelical, merciful mission of the same Savior who spoke in parables.

Jabez Burns (1805–1876) was the first clergyman from any denomination to preach complete abstinence from alcohol from the pulpit. He was a Christian philosopher and a prolific writer, managed a bookselling business, and wrote numerous books, primarily compilations of sermons, sermon-writing guides, and preaching helps. He was given an honorary doctorate in divinity from Wesleyan University in 1846.

The Parables of Our Lord Interpreted in View of Their Relations to Each Other

  • Author: Henry Calderwood
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 443

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This challenging and insightful volume opens up the parables by comparing them with one another and answering the deep theological questions they raise. Divine love, salvation, and the Kingdom of God are explored in various aspects through the analysis of each parable, and each relies on Calderwood’s solid exegesis and able communication of heavenly ideas in plain language.

Henry Calderwood (1830–1897) was a professor of moral philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, where he was educated. He was ordained through the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland and pastored at the Greyfriars church in Glasgow. His first and most famous work, The Philosophy of the Infinite, was a response to the emerging philosophy that man cannot possibly know the infinite divine; consequently, Calderwood’s thought was a complete antithesis to Hegelian doctrine. The Parables of Our Lord was among his best-known religious works.

Greek Testament Lessons for Colleges, Schools, and Private Students Consisting Chiefly of the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables of Our Lord

  • Author: John Hunter Smith
  • Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 413

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These lessons provide the Greek text of each parable or lesson from the Sermon on the Mount and dig into a college-level analysis of the passage. Illustrated with maps and charts, and expounded with essays, lessons, and notes on geographical, historical, and cultural points, this volume is ideal for bridging Greek studies with studies on the parables, or for bringing the lessons of the parables to a young adult audience.

John Hunter Smith was president of King Edward’s School from 1900 to 1919 and taught Latin, Greek, and other subjects.

An Exposition of the Parables and Express Similitudes of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

  • Author: Benjamin Keach
  • Publisher: Aylott and co.
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 904

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Originally written in 1701, this classic work has seen several reprinted versions in the nineteenth century and beyond. In this volume, Keach introduces each parable as a sermon, with lessons that help the reader find application. Keach’s thorough familiarity with Scripture shines in every page of this study as he compares epistle messages and Old Testament commands with the lessons of each parable, providing the reader wide and deep access to scriptural study surrounding the parables.

This work has always enjoyed popularity among those who love the racy quaint style of divines of the old school. As may be expected there are multitudes of fancied allusions, and not always a regard to any fixed principles of interpretations; yet the volume, in every page, contains matter which cannot be read without improvement. As an illustration of the wit of the author, he says, in the parable of the rich husbandman, ‘the poor man’s belly in the rich man’s barn.’

The Journal of Sacred Literature and Biblical Record, vol. 4

A book peculiarly and happily calculated under the Divine Blessing to enlighten the mind, establish the judgment, and comfort the heart.

—Samuel Medley, founder of University College, London

The author, a self-taught Baptist of strong Calvinistic opinions, lived towards the end of the seventeenth century, and had several sturdy encounters with the Baxters, Owens, and other learned Nonconformists of his day, who were not willing to receive his theological dogmas for truth and were equally indisposed to admit his knowledge of divinity.

The Literary Churchman: A Critical Record of Religious Publications

Benjamin Keach (1640–1704) was an early Baptist (sometimes called Particular Baptist or Baptist Puritan) and a preacher at Horslydown church in London. He was best known for writing The Baptist Catechism (also called Keach’s Catechism, although the work is so old his authorship is debated) and A Key to Open Scripture Metaphors (also called Tropologia), as well as a hymnbook that provoked debate among early Baptists. His church was the first among the Baptists to sing hymns, as opposed to psalms and paraphrases.

The Teaching of the Parables of Jesus Christ

  • Author: Edwin Faxon Osborn
  • Publisher: Sylvan Press
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 320

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This volume from the early part of the twentieth century delivers a vivid and memorable study of the parables of the Gospels. Each chapter could be read as a sermon, and Osborn provides real and accessible paraphrasing of Jesus’ teachings. His powerful writing brings alive the Bible text and challenges the Christian to heed Jesus’ words with closer attention to detail, nuance, and meaning.

Edwin Faxon Osborn (1859–1937) was the author of several books, including works of Christian fiction and teaching resources. After graduating from Newton Center Theological Seminary, he began teaching at Ewing College. He pastored at First Baptist Church of McLeansboro, Illinois, around the end of the nineteenth century.

Sermons on the Parables of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

  • Author: William Martin Trinder
  • Publisher: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy
  • Publication Date: 1816
  • Pages: 392

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Compiled in the final years of his life, these 33 sermons contain Trinder’s preaching series on the parables of Jesus. With ample cross-references and Bible references, Trinder guides readers to see how the whole Bible is represented in Jesus’ parables.

William Martin Trinder (1747–1818) entered university at the young age of 16. He graduated from the University of Leyden, where he earned his MD, and then from Exeter College, Oxford, where he received his bachelor of civil law in 1770 and, later, his bachelor of laws. He wrote essays and books on medicinal waters and compilations of his sermons. He published Sermons on the Parables of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in 1816 while living in Hertfordshire.

The Parables of Jesus Explained and Illustrated

  • Author: Frederick Gustav Lisco
  • Publisher: Daniels & Smith
  • Publication Date: 1850
  • Pages: 406

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Originally written in German, this volume on the parables of Jesus frequently references other German, English, and Latin commentaries on the parables, synthesizing a study of the parables rooted in Protestant tradition and beliefs. Lisco was strongly influenced by the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin, giving this volume a sincere Protestant voice and a strict biblical analysis.

Frederick Gustav Lisco (1797–1866) was a minister of St. Gertraud Church in Berlin. He was a German Protestant theologian.

The Parables of Jesus

  • Author: Cosmo Gordon Lang
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 406

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After the success with his volume on the miracles of Jesus, Cosmo Gordon Lang wrote a follow-up on the parables of Jesus. Influenced by the popular Notes on the Parables of Our Lord by Richard C. Trench, Lang’s orthodox scholarly analysis of the Gospel text merges academic scholarship with pastoral application.

William Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945) was a Scottish Anglican archbishop, said to have strong liberal Anglo-Catholic religious beliefs. The son of a Presbyterian minister, Lang studied at the University of Glasgow and at Oxford and was on his way to a successful career in politics and law when he received the calling to become an Anglican and seek ordination. Later in life, he was appointed as Archbishop of York at a relatively young age, rising to the second-highest position in the Church of England faster than most of his predecessors. Lang later took position as Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Teachings of Jesus in Parables

  • Author: George Henry Hubbard
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 507

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Exploring 39 of the parables taught by Jesus, George Henry Hubbard delves into the parable as a memorable story, providing a unique language and rhetoric for teaching that is found nowhere else in the Bible. Hubbard brings a knowledge of world literature to his analysis of the parables, giving readers a well-informed look at the narrative as it brings teaching and moral instruction to those who believe.

Practical Studies on the Parables of Our Lord

  • Author: B. W. Maturin
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 295

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Written and published just after Maturin joined the Catholic Church, Practical Studies on the Parables of Our Lord provides a practical and applicable lesson from each parable. Maturin pulls out the leading practical thought and expounds on the lesson, allowing the reader to learn and apply each parable to day-to-day life.

Basil William Maturin (1847–1915) was an Irish Anglican priest and writer from Dublin. He was educated at Trinity College, and in 1876, he moved to Philadelphia, where he grew in attraction to the Catholic Church until he joined in 1897; was ordained into Catholic priesthood by his best friend a year later. He was soon appointed as the Catholic chaplain to the University of Oxford. He lost his life through the sinking of the Lusitania during World War I, as he was returning from New York after holding a mission. He was last seen alive standing on one of the decks with hand upraised giving the Extreme Unction (a sacramental prayer for the dying) to the souls about to enter eternity.

He was the author of several religious and psychological books, including Laws of the Spiritual Life, The Price of Unity, and Self-Knowledge and Self-Discipline. Incidentally, he was the second-cousin of famous Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde.

The Kingdom and the People: The Parables of Our Lord Jesus Christ Explained and Illustrated

  • Author: Mary Seeley
  • Publisher: Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 231

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Why did Jesus speak in parables? Moral instruction taught through story, says Mary Seeley, is more memorable, and can easily be taught over and over again. “The parable was then, and still is in the East, the ordinary mode of instruction,” she says.

This volume explores how the kingdom of God is established through Jesus’ parabolic teaching. Seeley groups the parables by themes consistent with the idea of the kingdom of God and digs into each parable’s contribution to understanding the kingdom of God.

Notes and Illustrations of the Parables of the New Testament

  • Author: Thomas Whittemore
  • Publisher: J. M. Usher
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 381

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Notes and Illustrations of the Parables of the New Testament explores the parabolic teaching of the Sermon on the Mount and all of Jesus’ parables, unlocking their meaning using their context and similar messages throughout the New Testament. Thomas Whittemore makes frequent use of other reliable commentaries and substantiates his work with the opinions of others, bringing readers a viewpoint that is thoroughly researched and developed and strengthens the teachings of Christ’s parables.

Thomas Whittemore (1800–1861) was one of the most influential Universalist writers of the nineteenth century. He was also a prolific writer of Universalist history, having written The Modern History of Universalism and been an editor and writer for both The Universalist Magazine and the Trumpet and Universalist Magazine. He was an outspoken opponent of capital punishment, an advocate of temperance, and an opponent of slavery in his day.

Notes on the Parables of the New Testament

  • Author: Hosea Ballou
  • Publisher: Marsh, Capen, & Lyon
  • Publication Date: 1832
  • Pages: 297

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Hosea Ballou digs into 38 parables of Jesus, exploring the event around the parable and providing an illustration for each parable that helps readers understand its meaning and gravity. With his easy-to-follow style of writing and simple explanations, Ballou finds points that resonate clearly with a general audience, interpreting Scripture with his theological insights.

Hosea Ballou (1771–1852) was an American Universalist writer from New Hampshire. He has often been called the “father of Universalism,” as his writings and theologies were most influential in helping distinguish Universalism from any other denomination. He founded and edited The Universalist Magazine and The Universalist Expositor and wrote thousands of sermons, essays, and hymns. He was self-educated, devoted his life to ministry from a young age, and was also a high-ranking freemason. His A Treatise on Atonement is one of the most influential Universalist writings of the nineteenth century.

The Parables of the New Testament Spiritually Unfolded

  • Author: E. C. Mitchell
  • Publisher: William H. Alden
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 544

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A practical and simple application of the New Testament parables to the day-to-day life, this volume brings a devotional aspect to your study of the parables. In lengthy discourses, Mitchell breaks each parable into memorable and applicable chunks, allowing readers to absorb meaning and depth from each of Jesus’ most fundamental lessons.

Edward Craig Mitchell was an archaeologist and the first minister at the Saint Paul Society of the New Jerusalem Church (now known as the Virginia Street Swedenborgian Church).

The Parables of the New Testament Practically Unfolded

  • Author: William Bacon Stevens
  • Publisher: E. H. Butler & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1857
  • Pages: 382

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“Go and study these parables, and if you see not their beauty at first, go again and again, gaze at them, ponder upon them, pray over them, until you feel them, then will they impress their lineaments upon your own soul, and be the model of your daily walk and conversation.”—William Bacon Stevens

Stevens delivers a powerful and pragmatic approach to the parables, bridging the moral material with a spiritual perspective. After digging through the cultural background of each parable, Stevens provides a powerful practical and applicable lesson that cuts through the cerebral and applies to modern life.

William Bacon Stevens (1815–1887), born in Maine, was the bishop in the Episcopal Church for Pennsylvania. He was educated at Phillips Academy and studied medicine at Dartmouth College and the Medical College of South Carolina. After practicing medicine in Georgia for five years, he served as state historian for Georgia and began to study for the priesthood of the Episcopal Church. He was ordained in 1844 and briefly served as a professor of moral philosophy at the University of Georgia. He received his Doctor of Divinity from the University of Pennsylvania and, in 1865, was elected bishop of Pennsylvania, where he served until his death.

A Catechism on the Parables of the New Testament

  • Author: John M. Austin
  • Publisher: A. Tomkins
  • Publication Date: 1850
  • Pages: 182

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Created as a guide for Sunday school lessons or Bible classes, this unique resource provides a question/answer format for each parable. Each lesson contains dozens of question/answer sets that help disambiguate the parable and help students engage with the parable and its meaning.

John Mather Austin (1805–1880) was a Universalist minister who wrote several books, mostly giving spiritual and practical guidance to youth.

Outlines of Sermons on the Miracles and Parables of the Old Testament

  • Author: W. Harris
  • Publisher: R. D. Dickinson
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 427

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Containing detailed outlines of each miracle and parable in the Old Testament, this volume attempts to draw material for use in sermon building. Harris brings applicable lessons, quotations, and sermon points to each chapter, providing a structure and a substance for any reader looking for Old Testament sermon help.

Parables of the Old Testament Explained

  • Author: E. C. Mitchell
  • Publisher: William H. Alden
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 437

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Mitchell expounds on each of the parabolic stories of the Old Testament, looking for spiritual truths hidden “in natural imagery.” Providing an interpretation and explanation for all 48 of his Old Testament parables, Mitchell makes the Old Testament more accessible to all students of the Bible.

Edward Craig Mitchell was an archaeologist and the first minister at the Saint Paul Society of the New Jerusalem Church (now known as the Virginia Street Swedenborgian Church).

The Old Testament Parables

  • Author: John MacDougall
  • Publisher: James Clarke and Company
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 151

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John MacDougall draws out the Old Testament parables, calling attention to them as either “parables of fact,” “parables of fable,” or “parables of fancy.” In this, he looks for possibilities in evangelical application and Gospel interpretation. His exegesis pulls from the Septuagint, the Massoretic Hebrew Text, and numerous English translations, giving readers truer access to the original text and fuller interpretations of the parables of the Old Testament.

John MacDougall (1887–1959) graduated from Glasgow University, where he got his MA and his BD. A year later he was licensed by the Presbytery of Paisley, in 1913, and was ordained in 1915. He was a supporter of the temperance movement and was well known for writing The Modern Conflict: Light from the Epistle of St. James.

The Parables of the Old Testament

  • Author: Alfred Barry
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1846
  • Pages: 264

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Inspired by Archbishop Richard Trench’s Notes on the Parables, Bishop Alfred Barry writes this volume on the subject of Old Testament parables to help readers understand how to interpret the Old Testament itself. Seeing parables in the Proverbs, in symbolic visions, in fables, in figurative prophecy, and in narrative riddles, Barry discusses the best ways of reading and interpreting these parables—using examples from the biblical text—to disambiguate the Old Testament altogether.

Alfred Barry (1826–1910) was the Anglican bishop over Sydney, Australia, from 1884 to 1889. Earlier in his life, he served as principal and headmaster of numerous schools, and while bishop, founded many more. He was a contributing writer to Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible.

The Parables of the Old Testament

  • Author: Clarence E. Macartney
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 122

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In nine concise chapters, Clarence Macartney discusses several of the parables of the Old Testament, expounding on their theological and practical significance in day-to-day life. Macartney doesn’t miss an opportunity to find Christ in these nine Old Testament stories, and brings a simple, yet profound study to each parable for a wide audience of believers.

Clarence Edward Macartney (1879–1957) was a Presbyterian pastor and a writer. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and graduated with a degree in English literature. Afterwards, he attended Harvard, Yale Divinity School, and Princeton Theological Seminary, seeking new theological and religious guidance as he went from school to school. He was ordained through the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA), and was best known for setting off the fundamentalist-modernist controversy within the PCUSA.


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