I reviewed John MacArthur’s book on the Parables of Jesus for the Chalcedon magazine in 2016. Reading that book was hours well spent.
This is an important book, and written in such a way that any reasonably intelligent adult or teen can understand it. It’s full of unexpected insights, and information about the world in which Jesus Christ lived at the time–information that, once we have it, clarifies much that might have been confusing us.
For instance, I didn’t know that the “penny” mentioned in the King James Bible, far from being the lowest possible denomination of money, was actually a more than respectable piece of change–a silver coin, the Roman denarius. That information changed my whole understanding of Jesus’ parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard.
MacArthur’s book is a great tool for Bible study.