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Jesus’ well-known parable of the Prodigal Son as told in the Lukan gospel (Luke 15, 11 ff.) is anything but an allegory. It provides an approach to a ‘true-life story’ with numerous allusions to life in the oriental surroundings of the writer which, however, were employed by him to serve a religious understanding he considered essential. The disclosing of these allusions to life and their importance for revealing the concern of Jesus has been the most prominent aim of this lecture.
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