Chapter

The Dishonest Steward

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/10.1093/0195137337.003.0021
The Dishonest Steward

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As this chapter shows, the parable of the Dishonest Steward is the prime example of Jesus’ narrative strategy of comparing God to morally unsavory characters and thus forcing the hearer to actively search for the hidden message of a parable. The story calls for a positive response to one's sense of failure, and it shows that in a personal crisis one can and should search for solutions and “never lose heart,” keeping one's trust in God. The chapter argues for the contemporary relevance of all these themes, despite various recent objections to the value of this parable for contemporary audiences.

Keywords: contemporary relevance; hidden message; Jesus’ narrative strategy; personal crisis; sense of failure

Chapter.  3760 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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