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People who heard several parables and teachings from Jesus, including the Prodigal Son.
Dictionaries
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Prodigal Son, Parable of The
Prodigal Son, parable of the, a story told by Jesus in response to criticism that he was welcoming sinners and eating with them (Luke 15:11–32; cf. 15:1–2). The story concerns a father who has two sons. The younger one (who comes to be known as the titular “prodigal son”) asks for his share of the family
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Prodigal Son
PRODIGAL SON. The parable of the prodigal son (Lk 15:11–32) has aptly been called “the gospel within the gospel” and “the crown and pearl” of all Christ’s parables because of its lucid portrayal of gospel truth. In response to the grumbling of the scribes and Pharisees (15:1–2) Christ structured a parable
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Prodigal Son
PRODIGAL SON The central figure in Jesus’s parable in Luke 15:11–32. The prodigal son is the younger of two sons. He demands his inheritance and wastes it on profligate living, suffers poverty and hunger, repents, and then experiences the overwhelming power of forgiveness. (See Parable.)
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Prodigal Son
Prodigal Sonprodigal son, the younger son, who wastes his inheritance in Jesus’ parable (Luke 15:11–32). He experiences his father’s forgiveness while his dutiful elder brother protests the father’s actions.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Prodigal Son
Prodigal SonIt is no surprise that the parable of the prodigal son (Lk 15:11–32) remains popular among people of all backgrounds. As a character the prodigal son evokes numerous images. He is viewed as the archetypal rebellious teenager, so much so that many would probably define prodigal as “wayward”
Bible Characters, Volume 6 (Our Lord’s Characters)
the Prodigal Son
XThe prodigal sonA CERTAIN man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Prodigal Son
PRODIGAL SON.—The details of this parable (Lk 15) seem to have been carefully thought out, as the structure of the story is fairly complete and its movement quite natural. The younger of a certain man’s sons, dissatisfied with the quiet life he is leading, resolves to leave his father’s house; and, having
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Prodigal Son
PRODIGAL SON This term is used both as the title of Jesus’ parable in Luke 15:11–32 and a description of the younger son’s lifestyle. English translations do not use the term prodigal to describe this lifestyle but describe it by saying that he “wasted” or “squandered” his inheritance in “wild” or “loose”
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
PRODIGAL SON
PRODIGAL SON. This is the English title of the PARABLE of the SON who squanders his inheritance (while his brother remains dutiful), and is subsequently forgiven and welcomed back by his FATHER (Luke 15:11–32). Its occurrence only in Luke’s Gospel may mean that it derives from sources known only to that