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Special groupings of segments from the four Gospels are broken out for convenience in
the next few charts.Was Jesus a sage who focused mainly on teaching, or was he primarily a
man of action? The first two charts in this section show that he equally did both. The fortynine
main parables or metaphors spoken by Jesus are arrayed in chart 7-7, with the fortytwo
most impressive miracles that he performed, presented on chart 7-8. Jesus was Savior
both in word and deed, and thus he praised any person who both “heareth these sayings of
mine and doeth them” (Mt 7:24).
Passages on John the Baptist and his followers, most heavily reported in Luke, are shown
on chart 7-9. Texts regarding the disciples or apostles of Jesus are listed on chart 7-10. As
these charts demonstrate, John and Jesus attracted and instructed a strong group of devoted
followers. Jesus organized his disciples into groups of twelve or seventy, and he sent them
forth to do the works that he had shown them and to teach the words that he had given them.
John R. Donahue, The Gospel in Parable: Metaphor, Narrative, and Theology in the Synoptic Gospels (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1988).
Herman Hendrickx, The Parables of Jesus (London: Chapman, 1986).
Susan Howe, “Parables,” EM, 3:1060–62.
Paul C. Hedengren,“Miracles,” EM, 2:909–10.