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A Dialogic Reading of

A Dialogic Reading of "The Steward" Parable (Luke 16:1-9)

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C.-S. Abraham Cheong explores different possibilities for the meaning of The Steward parable (Luke 16:1-9), adopting a system of M. Bakhtin's dialogic scheme, a literary carnivalization. Cheong breaks new ground by clearly demonstrating individual performance on the hermeneutic of the Gospel parables. He characterizes the steward's debt reduction by a constant dialogue with other narrative features, ancient repertoire, and reader-response now engaging scholarly interest. In this way, multiple voices of the steward's act are highlighted: a movement to the lower realm, provoking senses of redistribution, relocation, and reconciliation. This book sharpens the understanding of The Steward parable in relation to other disciplines both in theory and practice.

Editor's Prefacep. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
List of Abbreviationsp. xxi
Introduction
Problem of Readingp. 1
Wolfgang Iser's The Act of Readingp. 1
John A. Darr's On Character Buildingp. 2
Text of Luke 16:1-9p. 3
Readerly Questionsp. 4
Theory of Reading
Dialogic Reading
Development of a Dialogic Readingp. 15
Problems of Objective Interpretationp. 15
What is a Dialogic Reading?p. 17
Strategies for Dialogic Readingp. 17
Summaryp. 20
Reader and Text of Dialogic Readingp. 21
Reader of Dialogic Readingp. 21
Text of Dialogic Readingp. 22
Summaryp. 23
Definitions of Heuristic Conceptsp. 24
Perspectival Blanksp. 24
Textual Repertoirep. 27
Defamiliarizationp. 31
Literary Carnivalizationp. 33
Summaryp. 35
Literary Comparison of Synoptic Parables
Name and Classification of Gospel Parablesp. 46
Use of [Pi]APABO[Lambda]H in the Gospelsp. 46
Formal Classification of Lukan Parablesp. 47
Summary: Boundary of Classificationp. 49
Literary Comparison of Synoptic Parablesp. 51
Reading Markan Parablesp. 51
Reading Matthean Parablesp. 52
Reading Lukan Parablesp. 53
Reading Lukan Parables with Mark and Matthewp. 55
Summaryp. 57
Literary Comparison of Parables in the Narrativesp. 58
Place of Parablesp. 59
Frame and Function in Smaller Unitsp. 62
Midrashic Function of Lukan Parablesp. 65
Audience of Parablesp. 67
Summaryp. 69
Conclusion: Literary Carnivalization of Lukan Parablesp. 71
Parodic Exaggerationp. 71
Parable Reading and Liminalityp. 73
Parable Reading and Dialogic Battlep. 75
Practice of Reading
Literary Reading of Steward Parable
Literary Reading of Steward Parablep. 97
Wasting Master's Possessionsp. 98
Receive into Their Housesp. 99
Steward's Actions of Debt-Reductionp. 100
Master Commended the Stewardp. 101
Sons of This Age are More Shrewdp. 103
Make Friends with Mammon of Unrighteousnessp. 104
Conclusion: First Image-Building on the Steward's Reductionp. 107
Literary Reading of Immediate Context (15:1-17:4)p. 108
Grumbling of Pharisees and Scribes (15:2)p. 109
Joy over "One" against "Ninety-nine" (15:3-7)p. 110
Joyful Relativity (15:8-10)p. 112
Banquet for the Whole Family (15:11-32)p. 114
Hortatory Application (16:10-18)p. 117
No Reciprocation in Hades (16:19-31)p. 119
Acceptance of Little Ones as Otherness (17:1-4)p. 121
Conclusion: Steward's Debt-Reduction in Dialogic Readingp. 122
Repertoire and Socio-Cultural Reading
Literary Repertoire of "Debt-Reduction"p. 142
Shemitta ([characters not reproducible]) of Deut 15:1-3p. 142
Afesis [characters not reproducible] in LXX Deut 15 and 1 Maacp. 144
"Debt-Remission" in the Gospel of Matthewp. 146
Conclusionp. 150
Literary Socio-Cultural Context of "Debt-Reduction"p. 150
"Debt-Reduction" in the Greco-Roman Inscriptionsp. 150
"Debt-Reduction" in Josephus and Philop. 158
Prozbul in the Early Rabbinic Literaturep. 163
Socio-Cultural Reading of "Debt-Reduction"p. 167
"Money-Lovers" and Phariseesp. 167
Patron-Client Relationship and Debt-Reductionp. 171
Pharisees as Brokers in the Lukan Communityp. 173
Conclusionp. 176
Conclusion
Conclusion
Triple Characterization of the Steward: Luke, Jesus, and the Readerp. 206
Steward's Reduction as Literary Carnivalizationp. 208
Steward's Reduction as Redistributionp. 209
Steward's Reduction as Relocationp. 210
Steward's Reduction as Reconciliationp. 212
Conclusion: Image-Building of the Steward's Debt-Reductionp. 214
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780820450025
ISBN-10: 0820450022
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 2001
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.0
Weight (kg): 0.37