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The Theological Context

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This chapter relates the parable of the unjust steward to the theology of Luke-Acts, in general, and to two thematic strands of that theology, in particular. Those themes are riches and poverty and the kingdom of God. The chapter shows how this contextual level brings the meaning of the parable into sharper focus. The theological context of riches and poverty in Luke-Acts broadens and sharpens the understanding of the parable of the unjust steward in several important ways that are discussed here. The faithful stewardship thus enjoined in the parable of the unjust steward is, to paraphrase Ellis, the badge of true discipleship; it is the mark of genuine wisdom. The message of this parable is one of particular relevance for rich Christians or would-be Christians in both Luke's day and our own.

Keywords: Luke 14:33; Luke-Acts; parable of the unjust steward



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