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Review the “And Finally…the Kingdom of God Is Like This…” article. Observe how the author notes that Jesus often uses illustrations in his parables to express biblical truths. Notice that the author in the article also encourages readers to find contemporary ways of expressing biblical truths. For this assignment, you will write an essay (1,250-1,500 words) where you will 

  1. Analyze a parable used by Jesus to illustrate a biblical truth. Explain what Jesus meant by examining the historical/cultural background of the original parable as well as its literary context (i.e., in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John). 
  2. Create a contemporary parable that has the same meaning and is faithful to the original parable that Jesus taught. Make sure to state clearly in what way your parable expresses the same biblical truth that Jesus’s parable expressed. 

In addition to the Bible and the assigned article, you must use at least four other scholarly sources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide.