By Matthew S. Rindge
Rindge reads Luke's parable of the wealthy idiot (Luke 12:16-21) as a sapiential narrative and situates this parable inside of a moment Temple intertextual dialog at the interaction of loss of life and possessions. A wealthy research of Jewish (Qoheleth, Ben Sira, 1 Enoch, testomony of Abraham) and Greco-Roman (Lucian, Seneca) texts finds an internet of disparate views relating to how possessions can be utilized meaningfully, given life's fragility and death's inevitability and unsure timing. Departing from ordinary interpretations of Luke's parable as an easy critique of avarice, Rindge explicates the a number of ways that the myth and its quick literary context (12:13-34) applicable, reconfigure, and illustrate this contested dialog, and indicates how those issues are selected and tailored for Luke's personal existential, moral, and theological issues.
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