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This concluding chapter analyses four of Jesus' parables featuring protagonists with access to wealth and his two encounters with rich men while still "on the way" to Jerusalem. It focuses on Jesus' inaugural address at the synagogue in Nazareth, which outlines the basic contours and purpose of his ministry, would serve as a programmatic text through which his later parables and interactions with others would be refracted. The chapter determines that interpreting Luke's parables of Jesus would be a reader-oriented enterprise requiring creativity and hard work. Jesus' call for the elimination of wealth coupled with his emphasis on consuming only what one needs is fundamentally incompatible with capitalism. Jesus' teaching, therefore, offers a challenge to the global economic structures, but also encourages readers to explore new social and economic relationships that are more just and humane.

Keywords: capitalism; Jerusalem; Jesus' parables; Luke's parables; Nazareth; wealth



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