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Bibil Identifier bibil:213841
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) When Neighbours are Not Neighbours
Title (English, ) A Social-scientific Reading of the Parable of the Friend at Midnight (Lk 11:5–8)
Author van Eck, Ernest
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 67, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 1-14 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article presents a social-scientific interpretation of the parable of the friend at midnight. As starting point, attention is given to the history of the interpretation of the parable, as well as to its integrity and authenticity. A social-scientific reading of the parable is then presented. The parable is read against the socio-economic and political backdrop of firstcentury Palestine village life in which friendship, hospitality, limited good and reciprocity played an important role. The interpretation of the parable hinges on the understanding of ἀναίδειαν [shamelessness] Luke 11:8. Therefore, special attention is given to honour as a pivotal value in first-century Palestine. The parable tells the story of an alternative world, a world wherein neighbours are kin and practice general reciprocity. The gist of the parable is that when neighbours do not act as neighbours, then nothing of God’s kingdom becomes visible.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v67i1.788
Pericopes Luke 11,5-11,8
Links Online document (PDF, English)
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