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Title: The Parable of the Talents/Pounds
Subtitle: Apocalyptic Warning or Economic Critique?
Author(s): DORAN, Robert
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 100    Issue: 4   Date: 2019   
Pages: 527-542
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.100.4.3287295

Abstract :
As indicated by its narrative placement, The Parable of the Talents (Matt 25,14-30; Luke 19,12-26) is understood by the gospel writers according to the traditional story pattern of an owner/master who leaves on a journey and, on his return, recompenses his servants/slaves according to their 'good' or 'bad' behavior. However, the response of the third slave which depicts the master as a thief and anti-Torah is a radical altering of this traditional pattern. Close attention to the historical setting of the original telling of the parable allows us to recover its intended meaning: a criticism by Jesus of the developing exploitative economy in Galilee.

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