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The Unjust Judge and the Friend at Midnight

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/10.1093/0195137337.003.0022
The Unjust Judge and the Friend at Midnight

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Chapter 22 is devoted to another pair of twin parables that convey the same message by means of two different stories. This message focuses on the need for people to trust that God can, wants to and will do good things for people – the need to pray continually and not to get discouraged – not to ever think things like “God doesn’t want to do good things for me” or “God will not do good things for me.” Like the two previous ones, this chapter, too, discusses Jesus’ narrative technique of comparing God to morally dubious characters, and it seeks to clarify Jesus’ teaching on prayer, trust, and dependence on God by means of simple and universal human concepts.

Keywords: dependence on God; Jesus’ narrative technique; prayer; trust

Chapter.  3637 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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