Parable and Literal

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The Good Samaritan

I realized recently that I have never heard anyone insist on the “literal truth” of a parable.

I have never heard anyone, or heard of anyone, who insists that the prodigal son was a single, physical individual. I don’t think anyone has tried to find archaeological evidence of the inn to which the Good Samaritan brought the man who fell among thieves going down from Jerusalem to Jericho.

Why is that? Presumably because everyone knows that isn’t the point of a parable, to be true that way. Assuming they are true, they are true … in a different way.

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About HAT

Heather Thiessen (HAT) is a happily married 60-ish, Bible-reading, Presbyterian Church Sunday School teaching and choir singing, small fuel efficient car driving, still pretty much 2nd wave feminist and generally out lesbian Hoosier mom. (There are no monochrome states.) From time to time she teaches religious studies to students at a small liberal arts college in Louisville, Kentucky.
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