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Bibil Identifier bibil:227287
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) When patrons are patrons: A social-scientific and realistic reading of the parable of the Feast (Lk 14:16b–23)
Author van Eck, Ernest
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 69, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 14 pages.
Abstract This article presents a social-scientific and realistic interpretation of the parable of the Feast. The characteristics of a pre-industrial city are used to determine the realism of the parable. The social-scientific interpretation of the parable considers meals as ceremonies. The cultural values embedded in meals, namely honour and shame, patronage, reciprocity and purity, receive attention. The social dynamics of invitations in the 1st-century Mediterranean world is used as a lens to understand the invitations as an honour challenge, and the social game of gossip is used to obtain an understanding of the excuses in the parable. The conclusion reached is that the parable turns the world in which it is told upside down. As such, the parable has something to say about the injustices that are a part of the society we live in.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1375
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Meal
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Parable
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Diachronic Methods : Redaction Criticism (Redaktionsgeschichte)
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Salvation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Sociology
Pericopes Luke 14,16-14,23
Matthew 22,2-22,14
Luke 14,15-14,24
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