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This front matter section of the book Stewardship and the Kingdom of God: An Historical, Exegetical, and Contextual Study of the Parable of the Unjust Steward in Luke 16:1-13 presents the table of contents, list of abbreviations and the preface. The book brings the meaning of this enigmatic parable into progressively clearer focus by investigating it in terms of its various contextual levels. It provides a history of the recent interpretation of the parable of the unjust steward (nineteenth and twentieth centuries) as background for the subsequent study. The book focuses on the investigation of the parable to include its immediate and broader literary contexts. It relates the parable to the theological context, in particular Luke's well-known emphasis on riches and poverty and Jesus' teaching on the kingdom of God. The eschatological background of the parables has been recognized and widely affirmed since the work of Dodd and Jeremias.

Keywords: eschatological approach; literary contexts; parable of the unjust steward; theological context



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