S4E16: The Parable of the Talents

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In this episode we discuss the parable of the talents from Matthew 25:14-30. Like many of Jesus’ other parables, common apocalyptic themes frame his message. The day of judgment and accounting is foregrounded in light of Jesus’ call to live faithfully and wholeheartedly for the age to come. These common apocalyptic themes are then rehearsed immediately after the parable of the talents in Matt 25:31-46.

Show notes

  • The apocalyptic context of the parable (4:28)
  • The master, the minas/talents, and the settling of accounts – 4 Ezra 7:33-38 (9:08)
  • A parable of delay and the appropriate response – Luke 19:11; 1 Corinthians 7 (15:36)
  • Modern approaches to the parable (25:31)