Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Scharlemann

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Luke 9:51-19:44; Luke 16:1-13; Luke 11:5-13; Luke 15:4-10; Luke 15:11-32; John 4:9; John 3:16;


Throughout the history of the church the parables of Jesus have received considerable attention from biblical interpreters. Yet the cultural milieu and the poetry of the parables are aspects of parabolic studies that have not been adequately treated. The culture reflected in the dominical parables is that of first century Palestine. While the externals of the Palestinian scene pertinent to the parables have been analyzed with precision, the internal aspects of personal relationship and attitude have been imprecisely discerned. A more precise delineation of the Oriental culture that informs the text of four major Lucan parables is the first task of this study. The second aspect is that of poetry and poetic structures. The Oriental poetry of the parables has probably had less attention than any other area of parabolic studies. The theology of the four parables selected will then be set forth in the light of this reappraisal of the underlying culture.

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