Parable, New Testament, Prodigal Manager
What has been called the parable of the Unjust Steward has been dubbed one of the most difficult passages in the entire New Testament. Indeed, John S. Kloppenborg has commented, “There is hardly a consensus on any single aspect of this parable.” Almost every commentary on the topic begins with a disclaimer that this parable is “notoriously difficult.” This parable has gained its notoriety due to its seemingly contradictory conclusion. The Prodigal Manager is slothful, does not collect all of his master’s money but rather gives it away, and in the end is a praised for his wisdom. Is the moral of the parable to cheat your boss out of his money? What exactly is Luke trying to tell us here? Thus the difficulty.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Farnes, Alan T., "A New Interpretation of Luke's Prodigal Manager (Luke 16: 1-8a)" (2011). Student Works. 65.
© 2011 Alan Taylor Farnes
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