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This introductory chapter gives an overview of concepts covered in this book. The book proceeds against the backdrop of Jesus' inaugural address at the synagogue in Nazareth (4:18-19), a programmatic announcement specifying that the overarching purpose of his ministry is to improve conditions for the poor. The analysis of the four parables is centerpiece of the book, a brief discussion of Jesus' subsequent encounters with two wealthy men, an anonymous Jewish ruler (18:18-25) and a "chief tax collector" named Zacchaeus (19:1-10), while still "on the way" to Jerusalem follows. The purpose of the chapter is to explore whether or not the construction of Jesus' teaching on consumption and wealth as presented in the four parables may be substantiated in the remainder of the Travel Narrative (17:1-19:27).

Keywords: Jerusalem; Jesus; Jewish ruler (18:18-25); Nazareth (4:18-19); parables; Zacchaeus (19:1-10)



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