An unexpected patron : a social-scientific and realistic reading of the parable of the Vineyard Labourers (Mt 20:1–15)

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dc.contributor.author Van Eck, Ernest
dc.contributor.author Kloppenborg, John S., 1951-
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-25T10:23:19Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-25T10:23:19Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-08
dc.description.abstract Many readings of the Parable of the Labourers in the vineyard want to treat the owner as representing God. Knowledge of actual agricultural practices relating to the management of vineyards suggest, on the contrary, that the details of the parable obstruct an easy identification of the owner with God, and that he displays unusual behaviour not only by paying all the labourers the same wage, but by his very intervention in the hiring process. The conclusion reached is that the parable constructs the vineyard owner, typically one of the nouveau riche who lived in cities, not only as a ‘good employer’ but also, contrary to expectation, as a patron who intervened well beyond the strict norms of economic exchange. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van Eck, E. & Kloppenborg, J.S., 2015, ‘An unexpected patron: A social-scientific and realistic reading of the parable of the Vineyard Labourers (Mt 20:1–15)', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(1), Art. #2883, 11 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2883. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2883
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/49572
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject God en_ZA
dc.subject Owner en_ZA
dc.subject Parable of the Vineyard Labourers (Mt 20 : 1-15) en_ZA
dc.title An unexpected patron : a social-scientific and realistic reading of the parable of the Vineyard Labourers (Mt 20:1–15) en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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