This article presents a social-scientific and realistic reading of the parable of the Merchant,
also known as the parable of the Pearl. The parable is interpreted against the backdrop of two
cultural scripts that were part of the social world of its first hearers; a negative perception of
merchants and mercantilism, and the concept of limited good. As is the case in several other
parables of Jesus, the Merchant is about an outsider who becomes an insider, someone who
epitomises the values of the kingdom.