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Taking Away the Pound: Women, Theology and the Parable of the Pounds in the Gospel of Luke
Dowling, Elizabeth V.

New York: T&T Clark, 2007 pp. x + 252. $156.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 324

Description: In Taking Away the Pound Elizabeth Dowling presents the argument that the Parable of the Pounds (Lk. 19.11-28) is a story about the use and abuse of power. She contends that it is the story of those who suffer adverse consequences when they oppose unjust power structures. This suppression of challenge to oppressive structures in the Parable of the Pounds fits a pattern that can be seen to operate in other parts of the Lukan text. One can therefore read the Parable of the Pounds as a paradigm for the stories of those Lukan characters who 'lose their pound' when they challenge an oppressive structure, wherein 'pound' becomes a metaphor for what one has that can be potentially taken away by those in a position of power. Furthermore, Dowling argues that this pattern of 'taking away the pound' is also seen within stories of women characters who resist patriarchal ideals and expectations. The Parable of the Pounds is thus used as a new lens through which to view the characterizations of Lukan women, providing fresh opportunities for perception and insight.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Literature

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Review by James A. Metzger
Published 4/11/2009
Citation: James A. Metzger, review of Elizabeth V. Dowling, Taking Away the Pound: Women, Theology and the Parable of the Pounds in the Gospel of Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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