Writing Resources

Here we are presenting a variety of learning and teaching tools, provided by our poets for a deeper dip into the depts of penmanship. Here is our first:


Poets, here is an excellent resource from Peter Venable. See a sample of his poems at Poets & Poems

Jesus often spoke poetically in his native language, Aramaic. His teachings were rich in metaphors, similes, paradoxes, parables, hyperbole, idiom, proverbs, irony, puns, and the like.

At times he used meter and rhythm in his spoken language, Aramaic. Some examples follow:

  • Metaphor: “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world” (John 9:5.)
  • Hyperbole: “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Luke 18:25.)
  • Simile: “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15.)
  • Paradox: “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12.)
  • Symbolism: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34-36.)
  • Irony: “See, Lord, here are two swords.” “That’s enough!” he replied (Luke 22:38.)
  • Personification: “But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20.)
  • Allusion: Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me” (Matt. 26:23) from “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me” (Ps. 41:9.)
  • Allegory: The Parable of the Sower found in Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, and Luke 8:4-15. Verse 20, Jesus explains: “The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.”

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