Narratological reading of poverty-related parables (Lk 12:13–21; 14:15–24; 16:19–31)

Show simple item record Adewale, Olubiyi A. 2022-03-24T06:58:25Z 2022-03-24T06:58:25Z 2021-04-30
dc.description Special Collection: Africa Platform for NT Scholars, sub-edited by Ernest van Eck (UP). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Nigeria is an example of developing countries characterised by mass poverty in the midst of plenty. Coincidentally, the Nigerian church is stupendously rich. Pastor Emmanuel, a former National Coordinator of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Germany, notes that the annual revenue of the Nigeria church in 2014 is over ₦3 trillion while surprisingly, the national budget is ₦4.69tn for the year. Gigantic buildings, exotic cars and private jets are the hallmarks of the church’s wealth. Some pastors acquire jets ranging from ₦2.3 to ₦6.4 billion with additional ₦8.4bn for maintenance and salaries annually. Surrounded by this ‘affluence’ are thousands of poor, unemployed and barely surviving church members. This calls for the need to examine what Lukan Jesus would have wanted the church to do with her wealth. This article examines Lukan parables on the rich and the poor using narratological method. Thus, the parables’ context, the characterisation and the plot is analysed, including lexical-syntactical relationships. Finally, the lessons derived is used via socio-scientific reading of the Nigerian situation to arrive at a theology of social action for the poor. Most parables are open-ended, a literary device that ensures the readers take a decision, therefore the message focuses on the church rather than individual Christians. CONTRIBUTION : The article recommends that church-owned institutions should make education accessible to the poor, rise against socio-economic policies that will impoverish people while seeking economic independence of the poor. Finally, the church should also integrate the differently-abled into the church. en_ZA
dc.description.department New Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2022 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Adewale, O.A., 2021, ‘Narratological reading of poverty-related parables (Lk 12:13–21; 14:15–24; 16:19–31)’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 77(1), a6214. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v77i1.6214
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Narratology en_ZA
dc.subject Lukan parables en_ZA
dc.subject Poverty en_ZA
dc.subject Social-action en_ZA
dc.subject Social-scientific reading en_ZA
dc.subject Postcolonial hermeneutics en_ZA
dc.subject African hermeneutics en_ZA
dc.title Narratological reading of poverty-related parables (Lk 12:13–21; 14:15–24; 16:19–31) en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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