The majority of parable scholars agree that the interpretation of the parable of the Friend at
Midnight (Lk 11:5–8) hinges on the meaning of the word ἀναίδειαν in Luke 11:8. Scholarly
opinion, however, is divided about the meaning and attitude being described with ἀναίδειαν.
Does ἀναίδειαν, which only occurs in Luke 11:8 in the New Testament, refer to a positive
or negative attitude? Also, to whom does ἀναίδειαν refer in the parable? To the host (outside
the door asking for help) or the neighbour (inside the door being asked for help)?