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Homeless in Galilee

Robert L. Brawley
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a863 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.863 | © 2011 Robert L. Brawley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 May 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Robert L. Brawley, Department of New Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary, United States Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, United States

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This article has located Jesus’ saying about homelessness in the context of the Roman Empire as it was experienced in Galilee. Homelessness is part of a broader picture that translates into loss of access to the resources of the land. The thesis is that in light of a theology of land resulting from the development of Abrahamic covenant traditions and the prophetic hope expressed especially in Isaiah, Ezekiel and Psalm 37, Jesus proclaimed God’s kingdom as God’s rule over heaven and earth, which implicates restoration of equitable access to the resources of the earth. The Lord’s Prayer, presumptions about the water of Jacob’s well in John 4 and the parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16 are used to demonstrate understandings of violations of equitable access according to Abrahamic covenant traditions and the hope for the restoration thereof.


homelessness;covenant; restoration;Galilee; Roman Empire


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