Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Whilst we're in the mood for discussion

Other than writing log posts, I am actuay in the middle of writing an essay right now, about Jesus' parables and how they relate to power and wealth. Interesting,a nd time-consuming.

Am going through a fascinating book that really deconstructs a lot of the parables and queries any assumptions that we have often thought to be true.

Like Matt 25:14-19 which we have often understood to be about how we should use the talents and gifts God has given us-which seems to be quite a reasonable conclusion.

But, if you look into the social system of the day, and realise how much somebody like the landowner had to screw people over to make money, and more specifically how much his servants would have been exploitng people to make that money, you wonder if the 3rd servant was actually the one who did the right thing by not particiating in the landowner's exploitative practices...

And on the subject, if anybody can throw some light on 'Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him' in v.29 that'd be most helpful.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you tell us the name of the book or is it a one of those theological secrets?
Alan

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