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Although the meaning of a parable is often not explicitly stated, it is not intended to be hidden or secret but to be quite straightforward and obvious.
The defining characteristic of the parable is the presence of a subtext suggesting how a person should behave or what he should believe.
It was the name given by Greek rhetoricians to an illustration in the form of a brief fictional narrative.
His name, either contracted from Jehoseph ( Psalm 81:6 , in the Hebrew) or abbreviated from Joseph-El (cf. 78), is distinctly connected in Gen., xxx, 23, 24, with the circumstances of his birth and is interpreted: "may God add".
The Bible contains numerous parables in the Gospels section of the New Testament (Jesus' parables).