A realistic reading of the parable of the Lost Coin in Q : gaining or losing even more?

This article aims to present a realistic reading of the parable of the Lost Coin in Q. A realistic reading of the parable focuses on the social realia invoked by the parables, that is, the social realities and practices (cultural scripts) embedded by any given parable. As will be indicated, availabl...

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Published in: Hervormde teologiese studies Vol. 75; no. 3; pp. 1 - 9
Main Author: Van Eck, Ernest
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Portuguese
Afrikaans
Published: Pretoria AOSIS 01-01-2019
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Reformed Theological College of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria and Society for Practical Theology in South Africa
Subjects:
q
Sin
Q
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Summary: This article aims to present a realistic reading of the parable of the Lost Coin in Q. A realistic reading of the parable focuses on the social realia invoked by the parables, that is, the social realities and practices (cultural scripts) embedded by any given parable. As will be indicated, available documented papyri can be used to identify the possible social realia invoked by the parables, and this can help the modern reader to identify what is ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal’ in a parable being interpreted. This, in turn, can help the modern reader to come to grips with the probable intended meaning of the parable. In a realistic reading of the Lost Coin, it is argued that two things are important: the price and daily consumption of oil, and the Lost Coin being one of the gendered doublets in Q. Apart from proposing a possible meaning of the Lost Coin, it is also indicated that a realistic reading explains why the seeking of the woman is described as being ἐπιμελῶς [diligent].
ISSN: 0259-9422
2072-8050
2072-8050
DOI: 10.4102/hts.v75i3.5656