How do we interpret the parables and miracles of Jesus?
Few scholars question the historical authenticity of Jesus' parables and radical sayings. They point to the originality of Jesus as teacher and prophet. Whereas a typical 'rabbi' (Jewish word for 'teacher') taught in synagogues, Jesus teaches mainly in the countryside, near a lake, on a mountain or in the open fields. He directs his teachings to ordinary people including the sick, women, children and even foreigners. He uses everyday experiences or images from nature: meals and journeys, sheep and goats, coins and pearls, wheat and darnel, cloth and oil lamps, trees and birds.