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The sacred writings of the Hebrews were written by Orientals for men of their own race; and, consequently, they abound in metaphor and imagery. This was, and still is, customary amongst Asiatics. It probably never occurred to the writers that their meaning might be obscured through the very richness of the metaphor they employed, or that their readers would have the slightest difficulty in understanding them. This was their method of imparting their teachings; and, naturally, they expected people of like habit of thought to themselves to be able to grasp the full import of their lessons.

In Bible days, reading and writing were the exception, and not the rule. Necessarily, therefore, religious truths had to be presented in as vivid a manner as possible; and what more natural than the allegory and the metaphor? This method of teaching was strikingly illustrated by the Master in his parables. How clearly they stand out! How forcefully they drive home the fundamentals of Christianity! Yet, no one supposes that in them Jesus was speaking of specific persons or occurrences. He was simply using the everyday experiences of his listeners to illustrate his meaning, and to fix it more positively in their thought.

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