Ji-Woon, YOO. (2017). The Parable of Minas in Luke 19: 11-27: A Parodied Parable of the Roman Imperial Patronage System.

This article explores what implications the parable of minas retains and how Luke presents the parable to the Lukan audience. From a narrative perspective this parable is woven into Luke’s tapestry and forms an integral part of his overall narrative strategy. At the end of the travel narrative the parable of minas sets an important foundation for Luke’s alternative vision of the prevalent socio-economic patronage system in the Roman Empire in a parodied way. This article argues that the noble-birth king in the parable should be understood as a counter image of Jesus in relation to the Roman imperial patronage system and the parable itself retains a connotation of parody. The author observes various rhetorical devices, such as repetition (with variation), parallelism, chiasm etc., which serves effectively to reveal the image of the noble-birth king as a counter image of Jesus. Several key coherences between the parable of minas and the other related discourses in Luke, from the prologue to the parable of minas, show that the parable is intimately related to Luke’s alternative vision to the worldly patronage system. By hearing Luke’s Gospel as a whole and the parable addressed in a parodied way, the audience could have understood who Jesus is in relation to the imperial patronage system more clearly and how they follow him as minor mediators of the Kingdom of God. [GS]