Matthew’s Gospel tells us: “Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables” (Matt. 13:34, New Living Translation).
And so the evangelist launches his collection of Jesus’ parables, similar to what Luke does in Luke 15, collecting these gems of Jesus’ teachings that have become so integrated into the English language.
This video course of 12 hours, includes both background and discussion on 18 of Christ Jesus’ parables, found throughout Matthew, Mark and Luke. Each ‘chapter’ is a distinct parable, except in the cases of very short single verse ones that are batched.
The video is based on a 4 day workshop in “Jesus Parables” as Bible students met in beautiful Colorado to explore these loved stories in depth. You will hear both Madelon’s comments, background and context for each parable, as well as others as she facilitates a discussion on each loved story. (The verses being read are posted on the video and are all in the NRSV translation of the Scriptures so they can be easily followed.)
We hope you and your friends will engage in a Bible Study using these videos to have your own rich discussion. As the three other video courses offered by Bible Roads have shown, those in Bible Study groups purchase the video course for themselves (at a significant discount when done in groups of 6 or more), watch their upcoming hour/assignment at home, then join their Bible Study friends to discuss the parable together. This way everyone has background, historical context, language tips and other issues that affect our ability to dive into the text with understanding. We hope you’ll start your own study group to ‘search the Scriptures’!
Video Testimonial about Parables Online Course
There is an accompanying Jesus’ Parables Study Workbook to the video course and reduced pricing available when both the video course and workbook are purchased together. Volume discounts apply for groups of 3 or more or 6 or more, including free shipping when 6 or more are sent to one participant who then distributes the workbooks to others.
One note: the 12 hours of video for this course are not downloaded on individual computers, taking up needed hard drive space, but are rather accessed through a link 24/7 whenever the individual chooses. This simplifies the technology by making them available with a click. There is also a very short, two-minute youtube video to show individuals who have purchased the course how to access the various chapters of video on their computers.
- Regular price for individual access: $225 ($15 per session)
- Individual access for Bible study groups of 2 to 5: $75 per participant ($5 per session)
- Individual access for Bible study groups of 6 or more: $59 per participant ($3.95 per session)
How it works:
This is a streaming online video course which means that you will need to have access to a relatively high speed internet connection each time you want to access the course. When you purchase the course, you will establish a membership with Bible Roads and a username and password to access that membership. You can access your online course any time you have a live internet connection available to your computer, tablet, or smart phone. **Recommended internet browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari **Non-recommended internet browsers: AOL, Explorer
To login and review your purchased online course go to “My Account” at the top of this screen and select “My Courses” from the drop down menu. Enter your username and password in the fields provided. Watch a quick video tutorial on how to access your courses here.