Concordia Theological Monthly

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sermon study, judges 9:8-15

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The word fable seems incongruous in the study of Bible teaching. Truth and fiction are incompatible categories. This needs to be said especially in our day when much in the Bible is labeled fiction or myth. However, like the parable, the fable is used by the Holy Spirit as a teaching device of truth.

It is not often that this literary genus is used by the sacred writers. Strictly speaking, there is only one more fable in Scripture besides the one under consideration here. It is very short and is found in 2 Kings 14:9.


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Judges 9:8-15; 2 Kings 14:9; Jude 8:24-27; Judges 9:16-57;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars