Across Summer 2017 we are looking at Jesus’ parables in Mark’s Gospel. The word ‘parable’ has a Greek origin meaning ‘side by side, throwing together, comparison’. Michael Green describes a parable as a ‘comparison of two subjects for the point of teaching which proceeds from the known to the unknown. An everyday story with a spiritual meaning. Mark’s Gospel contains far fewer parables than Matthew or Luke, with most commentators recognising only eight, just two of which are unique to Mark. This means we can cover them all over just eight weeks and discover the full collection of this great teaching method of Jesus that Mark wanted to communicate.