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Jesus' kingdom parables as metaphorical stories: A challenge to a conventional worldview

Dieter Reinstorf, Andries van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 54, No 3/4 | a1436 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v54i3/4.1436 | © 1998 Dieter Reinstorf, Andries van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 1998 | Published: 12 December 1998

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Dieter Reinstorf, Department of New Testament Studies (Sec A), University of Pretoria, South Africa
Andries van Aarde, Department of New Testament Studies (Sec A), University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Jesus' parables are to be read as metaphorical stories. Parable as metaphor demands that the parable remains open-ended and polyvalent, with the reader always involved in a participatory role. This article aims at showing that Jesus' kingdom parables are of a diaphoric, nature challenging the conventional worldview. It focuses on the parable 'A Man Had Two Sons' (Lk 15:11-22). This parable is interpreted from the Lucan perspective. It shows how the mytheme of the 'two-sons stories' is used as a tensive symbol in order to establish the Lucan notion of the all-inclusiveness of God's kingdom.

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