Speakers of the Nenets language are already familiar with the Institute for Bible Translation's prior publications, such as Stories About Jesus (2003, 2011), the Gospel of Luke (2004), the Gospel of Mark (2010), the Gospel of John (2014), and the Gospel of Matthew (2018). The newest addition to this list is IBT’s illustrated publication of Gospel Parables.
Despite the coronavirus quarantine, the Nenets do not have to wait for the printing houses to resume their work and for this new book to be delivered to their cities. Why? Because Gospel Parables is being made available online from the very beginning. It can already be downloaded as a PDF file from IBT's electronic publications page. In the near future the audio recording of the book will also be made available. It is read by the Nenets translator, Tatiana Lar, who worked on the translation together with exegetical advisor Eun Sub Song.
We hope that the printed publication itself will reach potential readers in the summer, and the book's large format and font, together with its colorful illustrations from IBT’s Children's Bible, will bring them much joy.
Gospel Parables contains four parables from the Gospel of Luke: the Parable of the Good Samaritan (10:30-35), the Parable of the Wedding Feast (14:16-24), the Parable of the Prodigal Son (15:11-32), and the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee (18:10-14). These parables contain allegorical lessons and examples borrowed from nature and everyday life. Jesus Christ widely used such short, simple stories in his sermons to communicate profound spiritual truths.