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Parables and Marcan Contexts

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In addition to the Marcan parables and those included in the eschatological discourse, there are four sections in Matthew's Gospel which embody parables from Marcan contexts. These are: the opening of the Sermon on the Mount, chs. 9 and 15, and the chapters surrounding the parable of The Tenants. This first parabolic saying appears in both Mark and Q. Its Matthean context in Matthew is the Sermon on the Mount, for which the saying provides a summary headline. The parable is described as an extended epic. It is apparent that the history of the interpretation of parables must include interpretations where the level of the saying (here 'the mouth') is closely related to the level of the interpretation (here 'what the mouth says'). At the conclusion of the parable such a profusion of possibilities is offered that the economy of the narrative is for the moment lost.

Keywords: Marcan contexts; Matthew's Gospel; parables; Sermon



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