Parables-of-JesusThis first report of the Jesus Seminar reviews the authenticity of all gospel versions of the 33 parables attributed to Jesus. Individual versions of each parable are grouped together and arranged for easy reference and comparison. In this red-letter edition, each parable is color-coded to indicate its authenticity.

The parables the Fellows voted as most likely to be authentic (weighted averages in the red category) were:

  • Leaven (Matt 13:33b, Luke 13:20b-21)
  • Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30b-35)
  • Dishonest Steward (Luke 16:1-8a)
  • Vineyard Laborers (Matt 20:1-15)
  • Mustard Seed (Mark 4:31-32)

Parables the Fellows voted as somewhat likely to be authentic (weighted averages in the pink category) include (partial list):

  • Leaven (Thom 96:1)
  • Mustard Seed (Matt 13:31b-32, Mark 4:31-32, Luke 13:19)
  • Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-9)
  • Treasure (Matt 13:44, Thom 109)
  • Lost Sheep (Matt 18:12-13, Luke 15:4-6)
  • Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11b-32)

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