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When an outsider becomes an insider: A social-scientific and realistic reading of the Merchant (Mt 13:45–46)

Ernest van Eck
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a2859 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2859 | © 2015 Ernest van Eck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 November 2014 | Published: 06 May 2015


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Abstract

This article presents a social-scientific and realistic reading of the parable of the Merchant, also known as the parable of the Pearl. The parable is interpreted against the backdrop of two cultural scripts that were part of the social world of its first hearers; a negative perception of merchants and mercantilism, and the concept of limited good. As is the case in several other parables of Jesus, the Merchant is about an outsider who becomes an insider, someone who epitomises the values of the kingdom.

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