n HTS : Theological Studies - The rich, the poor, and the law
|Article Title||The rich, the poor, and the law|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Author||Dieter H. Reinstorf|
|Publication Date||Mar 2004|
|Pages||329 - 348|
This article explores the social and religious dynamics of parables of Jesus in which "rich" and "poor" are juxtaposed. It focuses on Luke 16:19-31 (the parable of the rich man and the poor beggar Lazarus) and on Luke 18:9-14 (the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector). The core of the exploration relates to questions concerning "wealth" and "poverty" in a limited-good society such as first-century Palestine. The article aims to expose the legitimisation provided by the Israelite elite to ensure the collection of taxes placed on the peasant population by the Roman Empire.
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