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Transformation of the Mustard Seed and Leaven in the Gospel of Luke

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Interpretation of the parables of the mustard seed and leaven have often focused on what these parables tell us about the kingdom of God, rather than why or how they are employed in a specific Gospel for the benefit of the Gospel’s audience. This article explores the meaning and function of the parables of the mustard seed and leaven in Luke’s Gospel in light of their unique narrative co-text and metaphorical context. Such analysis reveals that Luke employs these parables as metaphors of transformation, exhorting the hearer to choose the kingdom of God or risk the consequences of rejecting it.

Affiliations: 1: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Deerfield, Illinois


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