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Luke’s parables and the purpose of Luke’s Gospel

D. Reinstorf
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 3 | a599 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i3.599 | © 2002 D. Reinstorf | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 2002 | Published: 22 October 2002

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D. Reinstorf, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Do the parables of Luke hold the key to an understanding of the overall purpose of Luke’s Gospel? This question is pursued by Greg W Forbes (2000) in a  book entitled The God of Old: The role of the Lukan parables in the purpose of Luke’s Gospel. Although the Lukan parables address a variety of subjects of a diverse nature, there is one unifying factor that runs like a golden thread through all the parables: a new vision of God. This  vision  seems  new in-so-far as it presents a challenge to conventional Israelite perceptions regarding God at the time when the parables were written, but in fact, it is not new at all. It is a vision of the God of Old as witnessed in the Hebrew Scriptures. This article presents an overview of Forbes’ book.

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