Prodigality, Liberality and Meanness: The Prodigal Son in Graeco-Roman Perspective

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A&C Black, Aug 1, 1999 - Religion - 299 pages
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This monograph interprets the parable of the Prodigal Son (Lk. 15.11-32) in the light of Graeco-Roman popular moral philosophy. Luke's special parables are rarely studied in this way, but the results of this study are very fruitful. The unity of the parable is supported, and it is shown to be deeply concerned with a major Lukan theme: the right use of possessions. The whole parable is read in terms of the moral topos 'on covetousness', and shown to be an endorsement of the Graeco-Roman virtue of liberality, modified by the Christian virtue of compassion.
  

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Contents

Abbreviations
9
Chapter 1
16
Chapter 2
39
Chapter 8
40
Chapter 3
69
THE TOPOS ON COVETOUSNESS IN MORAL PHILOSOPHY
90
Chapter 5
132
Chapter 6
168
Chapter 7
177
THE YOUNGER SON LEARNS LIBERALITY
192
THE MEAN ELDER SON
227
Chapter 9
241
Index of References
278
Index of Authors
296
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David Holgate is Dean of Studies of the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme, Salisbury, Wiltshire.