The parables of Jesus make up, it is estimated, about one-third of his teachings in the gospels. They appear in three of the four gospels found in the Christian Bible, while other parables have been found in the "non-canonical gospels," like that of Thomas. (Don't worry; we'll only deal with the canonical gospels in this quiz).
Parables are commonly described as "stories," but some are very short, like two- to three-sentence comparisons. Some are famous, like that of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. Others are less well-known, like the Parable of the Leaven or the Unjust Steward. But in all of them, Jesus uses allegory to get his point across. Why? Christ explains in the gospels that he was giving his wisdom to his followers while keeping it from the unworthy, who "listen, but hear not." To modern Christians, who have been raised hearing the parables in church and receiving explanations from pastors and priests, the point of these allegories might seem obvious. But they were probably much more oblique to people hearing them for the first time, 2000 years ago! It's not for nothing that the early meaning of the word "parable" was "riddle."
Do you think you remember all the parables of Jesus? We've got a quiz for you, in which you'll have to identify the parable from a one-sentence description. To make things fun, we've thrown in a few bonus questions -- for example, 'Which of the canonical gospels does not contain any parables at all?' (We can't tell you here, it'd be a spoiler!)