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The Laborers in the Vineyard

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195137337.003.0012
The Laborers in the Vineyard

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Discusses the meaning of the biblical concepts of “reward,” the traditional Christian concepts of “grace,” “judgment,” and “justice” and the modern Anglo concept of “fairness;” and the chapter proposes an interpretation of the parable that bypasses all those complex and culture‐specific concepts. The way of thinking that the parable discourages is portrayed (in part) as follows:

I have done many good things

because of this God will do many good things for me

some other people haven’t done many good things

because of this God will not do many good things for these people

The main positive message of the parable is represented (in part) as follows:

it will be good if you want God to do good things for all people

as you want God to do good things for you

Keywords: fairness; grace; judgment; justice; reward

Chapter.  6022 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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