metaphor, emblem, allegory, simile, moral story, apologue, fabrication, illustration, fable.
And the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him in that very hour; and they feared the people: for they saw that he spoke this parable
" Ah, that is a very difficult question to answer; but I will try to explain it to you by a parable.
It applied Terentian style and structure to many of the stories in the Old Testament and to the parable
of the prodigal son.