Two Parts and Allegory
Jesus used different literary forms to communicate with people. It's important to know how to interpret these literary forms, including parables, to accurately understand what Jesus was trying to teach. The rule of end stress is one factor in determining the main teaching of a parable. Dr. Stein describes two parts of a parable as the, "picture part" and the "reality part."
The Teachings of Jesus
I. The Parable of the "Prodigal Son"
II. Two Parts to a Parable
A. The Picture Part
B. The Reality Part
A. Would Jesus' audience have attributed meaning to these details?
B. Would the evangelist's audience have attributed meaning to these details?
C. The Parable of the Evil Tenants