The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fable A parable-like story intended to teach truth in an interesting way.Usually the characters in a fable are animals or plants that talk like human beings. Fables in the Bible include: Jotham’s address to the people of Shechem (Jgs. 9:7–15); Jehoash’s answer to Amaziah (2 K. 14:9); Isaiah’s poem
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FABLE. In the KJV and ASV NT, fable (which does not occur in the OT) is used to translate mythos. This Gr. word has also been translated “fiction” (Goodspeed), “Myth” (NEB), “fairy tale” (Phillips, Tit 1:14), etc. At one time the word was almost synonymous with Gr. logos and rhēma, “word” (cf. Trench,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
FableA fictitious narrative or statement in which there are marvelous happenings in unusual circumstances, usually involving animals or plants which speak and act like human beings. Originating in an oral folk tradition, the fable seeks both to entertain and teach a moral lesson. The genre is known
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fable. †An imaginative story composed for didactic or polemical purposes, in which the characters are plants or animals that speak and act like humans. Two Old Testament stories can clearly be classified as fables. In the fable of Jotham (Judg. 9:8–15) the olive tree, fig tree, and vine each reject
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Fable. A fable is a narrative in which beings irrational, and sometimes inanimate, are, for the purpose of moral instruction, feigned to act and speak with human interests and passions.—Encyc. Brit. The fable differs from the parable in that—1. The parable always relates what actually takes place, and
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FABLE (Gk. muthos, “myth”). A fictitious story employed for the purpose of enforcing some truth or precept. Neander, Life of Christ, thus distinguishes between the parable and fable: “The parable is distinguished from the fable by this, that, in the latter qualities or acts of a higher class of beings
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Fablefable, a short fictitious story that usually uses animals, plants, or inanimate objects as characters to teach a moral lesson. There are two clear examples of this form in the Bible: Jotham’s fable of the thorn tree (Abimelech) that was chosen king instead of more worthy trees (Jerubbaal’s sons;
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FABLE - a story in which animals and plants speak and act like human beings-as in the well-known Aesop’s Fables. The Old Testament contains at least three examples of the fable: (1) Jotham’s story of the trees (Judg. 9:8-15)-a satire on the foolishness of choosing an unfit king; (2) Jehoash’s story of
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FABLE<fa’-b’-l> ([μυ̂θος, muthos]):1. Primitive man conceives of the objects around him as possessing his own characteristics. Consequently in his stories, beasts, trees, rocks, etc., think, talk and act exactly as if they were human beings. Of course, but little advance in knowledge was needed to
Compton’s Encyclopedia
fableStories that point out lessons are called fables. Nearly everyone knows the fable about the three little pigs. They leave home and go out into the world to make their fortunes. Of course, they have to build places in which to live. The first little pig makes his house of straw. The second little
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Fables. The most famous writers of fables are—Pilpay, among the Hindus.Lokman, among the Arabs.Æsop and Babrios, among the Greeks.Phædrus and Aria′nus, among the Romans.Faerne, Abste′mius, and Casti, among the Italians. The last wrote The Talking Animals.La Fontaine and Florian, among the French.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Faʹble. This word, the rendering in the New Testament of the Greek μύθος (myth), has the sense of a legend or fictitious story, and is applied to the Jewish traditions and speculations which were prevalent in apostolic times, and which were afterward embodied in the Talmud (1 Tim. 1:4; 4:7; 2 Tim. 4:4;