Realism and Method The Parables of Jesus

Papyri from early Roman Egypt that are contemporaneous with first-century Palestine provide ancient of the economic and social practices and realities presupposed by the sayings and parables of Jesus. As such, these papyri, where applicable, provide a window through which the realism of Jesus’ parab...

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Published in: Neotestamentica Vol. 51; no. 2; pp. 163 - 184
Main Author: van Eck, Ernest
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Published: New Testament Society of Southern Africa (NTSSA) 01-01-2017
New Testament Society of Southern Africa
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Summary: Papyri from early Roman Egypt that are contemporaneous with first-century Palestine provide ancient of the economic and social practices and realities presupposed by the sayings and parables of Jesus. As such, these papyri, where applicable, provide a window through which the realism of Jesus’ parables can be assessed. In this paper, a summary is given of some recent work done on the realism of the parables of Jesus using Graeco-Egyptian papyri. A preliminary reading of the parable of the Wise Steward (Luke 16:1–8a) is also given, paying particular attention to the possible reality underlying this parable. This reading indicates that the use of Graeco-Egyptian papyri can enhance a social-scientific reading of the parables.
ISSN: 0254-8356
0254-8356
DOI: 10.1353/neo.2017.0010