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Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-34 among Ancient Conversations on Death and Possessions
Rindge, Matthew S.

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011 pp. xix + 299. $36.95

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Description: Rindge reads Luke's parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21) as a sapiential narrative and situates this parable within a Second Temple intertextual conversation on the interplay of death and possessions. A rich analysis of Jewish (Qoheleth, Ben Sira, 1 Enoch, Testament of Abraham) and Greco-Roman (Lucian, Seneca) texts reveals a web of disparate perspectives regarding how possessions can be used meaningfully, given life's fragility and death's inevitability and uncertain timing. Departing from standard interpretations of Luke's parable as a simple critique of avarice, Rindge explicates the multiple ways in which the parable and its immediate literary context (12:13-34) appropriate, reconfigure, and illustrate this contested conversation, and shows how these themes are chosen and adapted for Luke's own existential, ethical, and theological concerns.

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

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Review by Nils Neumann
Published 8/7/2012
Citation: Nils Neumann, review of Matthew S. Rindge, Jesusí Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-34 among Ancient Conversations on Death and Possessions, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Matthew Hauge
Published 12/21/2012
Citation: Matthew Hauge, review of Matthew S. Rindge, Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-34 among Ancient Conversations on Death and Possessions, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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