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Eliminating Wealth

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The purpose of this chapter is to explore whether or not the construction of Jesus' teaching on consumption and wealth offered may be substantiated in the remainder of the Travel Narrative (17:1-19:27). Since each of the protagonists in the four parables was either explicitly identified as rich by the intradiegetic narrator (12:16-21; 16:19-31) or in the course of the reading, determined to have access to wealth (15:11-32; 16:1-8a), the author focuses on Jesus' subsequent encounters with other wealthy characters. The diegetic narrator describes two of Jesus' ensuing interlocutors as "rich", an unnamed ruler and a tax collector named Zacchaeus (19:2), and so it is to Jesus' dialogue with these men in 18:18-23 and 19:1-10 that he now turns. Although Jesus does not address the theme of wealth and possessions directly in this chapter, the overall portrait of discipleship that has emerged thus far in the Travel Narrative is reconfirmed.

Keywords: diegetic narrator; Jesus; parables; Travel Narrative; wealth; Zacchaeus (19:2)



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