The Bible: Jesus Parable Of The Wicked Tenants

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Jesus’ parable of the Wicked Tenants is the most significant, discussed, complicated, and debated parable in the Bible. For several people, the parable makes them uncomfortable because it reveals too much about the view of Jesus. This parable is about a landowner who leases his vineyard to tenants, but when he sends servants and finally his own beloved son to get the fruit from his vineyard, the tenants beat and kill them. Jesus ends the parable with talking about the rejected cornerstone and how the kingdom of God will be taken away and given to others. It seems simple and straightforward. So why is this such a debated and controversial parable with differing views? This parable is so complicated because it is directly attacking people in authority and how they have rejected Jesus, the cornerstone. This paper will address what hearers in Jesus’ day would take away from it, what it means for Christians today, and debate whether it is an allegory or not.
This parable, with regards to what it means in the time of Jesus, can look complex, but actually is very simple. For example, some people think that it attacks the methods of first century Zealots. Galilee was the center of the Zealot movement and the Zealots were interested in land reform and they wanted to take the land from foreign landowners. This parable speaks to the Zealots and Zealot sympathizers, and so the killing of the son is expected by the hearers. A Zealot sympathizer would not be sympathetic to the
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