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Challenging Overconsumption

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The narrator intrudes very briefly to inform readers of a shift to parabolic discourse and immediately withdraws. Jesus, who assumes the role of an embedded or intradiegetic narrator, now offers a parable as proof for the succinct proposition and ratio in v.15. Remarkably, with only five words Jesus introduces a protagonist, provides a setting, and summarizes many months of nature's activity. After a short summary covering many months, the story decelerates rapidly and focuses on the moment when the landowner becomes aware of the magnitude of the year's harvest and his subsequent attempt to resolve his dilemma. The landowner views surprisingly abundant harvest as an opportunity to alleviate some anxiety over the future and find solace in knowing that, even if people in his region should face food shortages due to famine or other environmental or political factors, his barns will be full of "many good things".

Keywords: famine; Jesus; landowner; parable; protagonist

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