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A parable is a narrative, an expressive form of preaching, and a method of communication, which recounts facts of everyday life with spiritual meaning. The teachings of Jesus are often expressed in parables, sometimes one-or two-sentence long stories, which leave the conclusions open. Each generation looks for new meanings in them, reading with their own sensitivity and culture, and can project their own themes onto the text. Parables teach, while often provoke too. In the introduction to her book Short-Stories by Jesus - The Enigmatic Tales of a Controversial Rabbi] (HarperOne) Amy-Jill Levine writes, “The more I study the parables, the more I feel provoked by them.