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The Literary Context

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This chapter broadens the discussion of the parable of the unjust steward by examining its literary context. It considers two levels of literary context for the parable: the immediate literary context of Luke 15:1-32 and 16:14-31 and the broader literary context of the so-called travel narrative or central section of the Third Gospel (9:51). The chapter shows how these contextual levels affect the interpretation of the parable and enhance the understanding of it. The immediate literary context, Luke 15:1-32 and 16:14-31, clarifies the parable in the following ways: The parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31 elucidates the meaning of the otherwise obscure exhortation in v. 9 of the parable; and the polemic context in which the parable occurs (cf. 15:1-2 and 16: 14) emphasizes the parable's teaching by setting it against the background of the Pharisees' faults, in particular, their greed.

Keywords: Gospel; Luke 15:1-32; parable of the unjust steward; Pharisees



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