In this 24-week Season After Pentecost, we encounter a great many parables attributed to Jesus. Importantly, since these accounts, rich with figurative language, are not chronicles of actual events but rather are specially crafted by Jesus as “true-to-life” tales that encapsulate the Master’s great wisdom.

At the same time, bear in mind that the Bible we are reading are Second Millennium CE (Common Era) English renditions of what was probably spoken in vastly different late BCE (Before the Common Era), everyday Aramaic — a mostly oral, Semitic idiom, based on the more formal, more ancient liturgical Hebrew. It was translated into the very different Indo-European biblical Greek, then into a mid-stage form of Latin, then through the many linguistic generations of the Common Era and eventually into our English of today.