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Title: Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-34 among Ancient Conversations on Death and Possessions
Author: Rindge, Matthew S
Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2011
Paperback; ISBN: 9781589836143
Volumes: 1; Pages: 320
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Rindge reads Luke' parable of the Rich Fool (12:16-1) 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' fragility and death' inevitability and uncertain timing. Departing from standard interpretations of Luke' parable as a simple critique of avarice, Rindge explicates the multiple ways in which the parable and its immediate literary context (12:13-4) appropriate, reconfigure, and illustrate this contested conversation, and shows how these themes are chosen and adapted for Luke' own existential, ethical, and theological concerns.