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.”
Allegory:
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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