The parables of jesus can be found in the synoptic gospels in some of the non canonical gospels but not in the gospel of john they are located mainly within the three synoptic gospels they represent a main part of the teachings of jesus forming approximately one third of his recorded teachings. The parables were simple and memorable enough to survive in an oral tradition before being written down years after jesus death most bible scholars say that jesus parables appear only in the three synoptic gospels matthew mark and luke. The parables of jesus are found in the three synoptic gospels matthew mark and luke and the gospel of thomas we will be studying 27 of the parables found in these texts. Jesus used earthly stories to teach heavenly concepts we call these parables which is a type of analogy sometimes the meaning of the parable was obvious and other times it needed to be explained a lawyer approached jesus and asked what he needed to do to be saved he was looking for jesus to . Jesus spoke a great deal in parables a parable is an illustration a story that is designed to teach a lesson jesus used them frequently and cited the common culture norms and situation of the time he was in so as to teach the listeners in terms they would understand
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