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History of parables- was Jesus the first?
About 600 years before Jesus, Aesop’s fables were being told (Source). So was Jesus just using Aesop’s style of storytelling when He shared His parables?
Nope! A fable is a short story that usually has animals as the main characters. It teaches morals, but is usually based on fantasy
Jesus’ parables used everyday events and images to help people relate the gospel to real life and remember RELIGIOUS truths, not just good morals (Source).
Jesus siblings (Matthew 13:55-56)
Matthew 13 mentions four brothers of Jesus: James, Joses, Simon, and Judas and His sisters. The Bible Dictionary clarifies that the Greek word for sisters used in this verse indicates more than two. So Jesus had at least 7 siblings (Source).
But did these siblings believe in Jesus?
According to the original Greek in John 7:5 and Acts 1:14 it appears that Jesus’ brothers did not believe in His role as the Messiah until after His resurrection (Source).
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