Chapter

The Rich Fool

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/10.1093/0195137337.003.0018
The Rich Fool

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This chapter argues that despite superficial parallels in secular wisdom like that expressed in Seneca's “Epistule Morales,” Jesus’ parable has a different and unique message. Roughly speaking, it focuses on the absence in the “rich fool's” considerations of any thoughts about God, judgment, and other people. The chapter argues that in the world of dwindling natural resources, and growing materialistic and consumerist attitudes, the parable's message – often dismissed as boring old‐fashioned wisdom – is in fact highly relevant. The language of universal human concepts helps to clarify the eschatological warning, the moral teaching, and the special relevance of the parable to our times.

Keywords: consumerist attitudes; natural resources; relevance; Seneca; superficial parallels

Chapter.  4330 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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