Bible & The Arts
Biblical Commentaries
Biblical Languages
Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
History of the Biblical Period
Journals
Literature of the Bible
New Testament
SIIBS
The Trauma Bible
Theology of the Bible
Bible Bibliographies
Bible in the Modern World
Biblical Reception
Classic Reprints
Dictionary of Classical Hebrew
Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Revised
Earth Bible Commentary
Hebrew Bible Monographs
Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism
New Testament Monographs
Pericope
Readings: A New Biblical Commentary
Recent Research in Biblical Studies
Text of the Hebrew Bible
The Social World of Biblical Antiquity, First Series
The Social World of Biblical Antiquity, Second Series
Click here for titles coming soon...
Click here to view the latest titles
Click here to view the complete catalogue
Search Books & Journals
About Us
For Authors
For Customers
Contact Us
Facebook





xii + 172 pp.

£30 / $40 / €35
Scholar's Price

£60 / $80 / €70
List Price
Hardback






Lukan Parables of Reckless Liberality
Amanda Brobst-Renaud

From among the many parables in Luke, Amanda Brobst-Renaud chooses three, which she names ‘parables of reckless liberality’: the Prodigal Son, the Shrewd Steward, and the Rich Man and Lazarus. Picking up on the supposed slur that Jesus ‘welcomes sinners and dines with them’, Luke encourages his audience in these parables from chaps. 15–16 in a practice of giving excessively to the wrong people at inappropriate times (flouting Aristotle’s advice on liberality in the Nicomachean Ethics).

Each parable in this volume presents at least one of its characters in crisis; these situations demand a decisive response. We all know the crises faced by the younger son, the steward, and the rich man, but the crises confronting the elder son and the rich man’s brothers are equally dire, starkly sketched by the open questions left hanging at the end of each parable. Will the elder son join the party, celebrating his once-dead younger brother? Will the steward secure an eternal welcome? Will the rich man’s brothers heed Moses and the prophets, or will they meet the same fate as the rich man?

In each case, reckless liberality answers the characters’ quandaries and demands of Luke’s auditors that they choose between emulating or avoiding the behaviors of the characters. The elder son should join the party and imitate his father’s reckless liberality: giving to someone undeserving, at an inappropriate time, and to an excessive amount. The steward’s highly questionable profligacy plus his debt-reduction schemes nevertheless earn his master’s praise and secure his welcome (Lk. 16.9). The rich man’s brothers should listen to the call of the law and the prophets to care for the poor and disenfranchised, and show reckless liberality to any Lazarus on their thresholds. Showing reckless liberality gives entrance into the eschatological party (Lk. 16.16).


Amanda Brobst-Renaud is Assistant Professor of Theology, Valparaiso University, IN.

Series: New Testament Monographs, 42
978-1-910928-82-0 hardback
Publication April 2021