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prodigal son,

in the New Testament, parable of Jesus about heaven and the sinner who repents. A young man leaves home and becomes a wastrel; repentant, he returns to be received with joyful welcome.

prodigal son

squanders share of money in reckless living. [N.T.: Luke 15:13]

prodigal son

received with open arms by loving father. [N.T.: Luke 15:20–21]
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At this all laughed, the Sheriff loudest of all, for he said to himself, "Surely this is indeed some prodigal, and perchance I may empty his purse of some of the money that the fool throweth about so freely.
Then, before he let him go, he said, "Now, fare thee well, good Sheriff, and when next thou thinkest to despoil some poor prodigal, remember thy feast in Sherwood Forest.
The Sheriff was will to pluck a prodigal with the next man, and he was moreover glad to have a guest who promised to enliven the feast.
He had been a kind of prodigal son in his native village; living a loose, heedless life, and disregarding the precepts and imperative commands of the chiefs.
Still, many of her arguments help to open up the plays - for example, "[d]omestic tragedy neither uniformly nor unequivocally upholds the cults of civility or domesticity" (68); "the witch [is] the inversion of the ideal Protestant wife" (113); a set of early seventeenth-century comedies refigures the Tudor Prodigal Son figure into the profligate husband (132).
Leo Day, veteran performer and director of stage classics such as Candide, The Prodigal Son and Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise.
BURBANK - A good Samaritan, a lost sheep, a prodigal son, a mustard seed, an expensive pearl and a weed-covered wheat field are subjects of some of the best-known parables in the New Testament.
Still, a few pithy words--like "Byzantine icons, dear," to describe the port de bras in Prodigal Son--spoke volumes.
The prodigal son, the infamous sinner-come-back-to-life of Luke's gospel, made that journey.
In the Mirror of the Prodigal Son: The Pastoral Uses of a Biblical Narrative (c.
Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home" was written by licensed parent and family educator Lori Wildenberg specifically for parents walking the difficult road with a wayward child.
I NEVER liked the Parable of the Prodigal Son in school assemblies.