Allegories, Metaphors, & Parables

A Metaphor:
A “metaphor” is “a figure of speech in which a word for one idea or thing is used in place of another to suggest a likeness between them” (Webster 2001, 326). An example might be God covering His beloved with “wings like an eagle.”
An “allegory” is “the expression through symbolism of truths or generalizations about human experience” (Webster 2001, 14). Perhaps an example is C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia that symbolize battles between good and evil.
A Parable
A “parable” is “a simple story told to illustrate a moral truth” (p. 378). Brief stories Jesus told to illustrate truths are examples of parables.

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