The Parables of Jesus: A 12-Week Study

By Douglas Sean O'Donnell, Series edited by Douglas Sean O'Donnell

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Engaging 12-Week Study Helps Readers Better Understand and Apply God’s Word

The Knowing the Bible series is a resource designed to help Bible readers better understand and apply God’s Word. These 12-week studies lead participants through books of the Bible and are made up of four basic components: (1) reflection questions help readers engage the text at a deeper level; (2) “Gospel Glimpses” highlight the gospel of grace throughout the book; (3) “Whole-Bible Connections” show how any given passage connects to the Bible’s overarching story of redemption, culminating in Christ; and (4) “Theological Soundings” identify how historic orthodox doctrines are taught or reinforced throughout Scripture.
In The Parables of Jesus, Douglas Sean O'Donnell helps readers study some of Scripture’s most famous narrative parables—including the good Samaritan, the prodigal son, and the rich fool—and understand their place in the storyline of Scripture.

  • Helpful Bible Study Resource: Features date and historical background, theological context for the Bible passage, “Whole-Bible Connections,” compelling reflection questions, and more
  • In-Depth: Ties the biblical text in with the whole story of Scripture, shows how each passage unveils the gospel, and illuminates the doctrines taught in each passage
  • Part of the Knowing the Bible Series: With contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders, these gospel-centered studies help Christians see and cherish the message of God’s grace on every page of the Bible


Douglas Sean O'Donnell

Douglas Sean O'Donnell (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the senior vice president of Bible editorial at Crossway. He is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including The Beginning and End of Wisdom; The Pastor's Book; The Song of Solomon and Matthew in the Preaching the Word commentary series; and Psalms in the Knowing the Bible series. He also contributed the Song of Solomon and Job to the ESV Expository Commentary.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 96
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 5.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8944-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8944-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433589447
Case Quantity: 10
Published: August 17, 2023

Table of Contents

Series Preface: Douglas Sean O’Donnell

Week 1: Overview
Week 2: The Sower (Mark 4:1–20)
Week 3: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37)
Week 4: The Rich Fool (Luke 12:13–21)
Week 5: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32)
Week 6: The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31)
Week 7: Two Parables on Prayer (Luke 18:1–14)
Week 8: The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21–35)
Week 9: The Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1–16)
Week 10: The Tenants (Mark 12:1–12)
Week 11: The Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1–14)
Week 12: Three Parables on Christ’s Return (Matthew 25)