The Timeless Storyteller

Evelyn Francis Capel

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  • A classic work by the first woman to be ordained as a priest in the Christian Community
  • Shows how, even though the parables were told to different people in different circumstances, these stories contain meaning still true today
  • Studies twelve parables in depth

An insightful study of twelve of Jesus's parables, drawing out the wisdom and truth which is still relevant today.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
168 pages
Publication date:
17 Jul 2014
2nd edition


Throughout human history, people have told stories to convey wisdom and truth. The parables of Jesus Christ are among the most well known of these.

Originally told to different groups of people -- crowds by the lakeside in Gallilee, the disciples, the Pharisees -- these stories contain depths of meaning and insight which remain true for us today.

Evelyn Capel studies twelve parables -- including The Prodigal Son, the Story of the Sower, the Talents, The Good Samaritan, and many more -- and draws out their relevance today, showing how they have revealed different truths as human consciousness has developed.

Table of Contents

The Story of the Sower
Parables of Growth
Parables of the Harvest
The Good Samaritan
Parables of Faith
Dives and Lazarus
The Labourers in the Vineyard
The King's Invitation
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
The Parable of the Talents
A Parable of History
The Prodigal Son


Evelyn Capel (1911-2000) was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswold Hills in England. She studied history at Somerville College, Oxford, and then studied at the seminary of The Christian Community in Stuttgart. In 1939, she became the first English woman priest ordained within it to celebrate the sacraments.

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