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Mammona Iniquitatis

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The "first wing" of chiastic unit, rotating around the ironic reaction of the Pharisees is composed of a parable regarding the administration of unrighteous richness (the "Dishonest Steward": Luke 16:1-9) and of a group of apparently loose logia regarding faithfulness and richness ("mammon": Luke 16:10 - 13;cf. 16:9). After the reaction of the Pharisees, the "second wing," composed of a group of apparently loose logia regarding justification and the Law (Luke 16:15-18), and of a parable regarding unrighteous richness ("Dives and the Poor Lazarus": Luke 16:19 - 31). The three parables on the acceptance of "lost individuals of a group" rebuke the objection of scribes and Pharisees to Jesus' acceptance of sinners and tax-collectors. In Luke 15, the first three parables represent the extension of salvation to the "lost" elements among the Jews.

Keywords: dishonest Steward; Jesus; Luke; Mammona Iniquitatis; pharisees

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