Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A fable or allegorical instruction, founded on something read or apparent in nature or history, from which a moral is drawn, by comparing it with something in which the people are more immediately concerned: such are the parables of Dives and Lazarus, or the prodigal son, of the ten virgins, &c. Dr. Blair observes, that "of parables, which form a part of allegory, the prophetical writings are full; and if to us they sometimes appear obscure, we must remember, that, in those early times, it was universally the mode throughout all the eastern nations, to convey sacred truths under some mysterious figures and representations."
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Parable'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/p/parable.html. 1802.