Original Research - Special Collection: Spatial Justice & Reconciliation

The parable of the Feast (Lk 14:16b–23): Breaking down boundaries and discerning a theological–spatial justice agenda

Ernest Van Eck, Wayne Renkin, Ezekiel Ntakirutimana
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3512 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3512 | © 2016 Ernest Van Eck, Wayne Renkin, Ezekiel Ntakirutimana | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 May 2016 | Published: 31 October 2016

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Ernest Van Eck, Department of New Testament Studies Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Wayne Renkin, Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Ezekiel Ntakirutimana, Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The parable of the Feast (Lk 14:16b–23) is perhaps the example par excellence in the New Testament that addresses spatial justice and reconciliation. In the parable, Jesus advocates for the eradication of all boundaries linked to the social–economic status of the marginalised. The parable argues, from a social justice perspective, that there is no such thing as privileged space; priviliged space, on the contrary, builds boundaries. The reading of the parable presented critically engages with real-life experiences of marginalised people living on the periphery of the city and the boundaries that are created by megachurches in their close surroundings.

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The parable of the Feast; megachurches; social space; social justice; Christian Revival Church

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