An Evaluation of the Socio-Economic Implications of the Parable of the Unfaithful Servant in Luke 16:1-12

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Prof. Igbakua Iorjaah
Manasseh Terhile Adagba

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The parable of the unfaithful servant in Luke 16:1-12 has been a subject of scholarly debate. There is no consensus among scholars regarding its meaning and socio-economic context. Some scholars argue that the parable reflects a critique of the wealthy exploiting the poor, while others see it as teaching shrewdness in financial matters. This paper examined the socio-economic implications of the parable so as to establish its economic and social realities. It analysed the parable's historical, social, and economic background. Data was collected from existing literature on the parable and related topics. Content analysis was used to identify key themes and patterns in the data. The study found that the parable reflects the economic realities of the first-century Greco-Roman world, where the wealthy landowners exploited their tenants and servants. The parable criticises this system and emphasises the importance of wise financial management. The findings also indicated that the Parable remains relevant today because it challenges individuals and institutions to act in ways that promote the common good and contribute to sustainable development due to its call for justice and equity and the importance of debt forgiveness, responsible stewardship, ethical decision-making, accountability, and a shift in values towards relationships and justice. The study has contributed to knowledge by shedding light on the historical and social contexts of the parable and provides a nuanced understanding of its message. It recommends that scholars of Christian ethics should pay closer attention to the socio-economic context of biblical texts to better understand their message.

Keywords: Parable, Socio-economic context, Unfaithful servant, Stewardship, Socio-economic realities

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Igbakua, I., & Adagba, M. T. (2024). An Evaluation of the Socio-Economic Implications of the Parable of the Unfaithful Servant in Luke 16:1-12. African Journal of Humanities and Contemporary Education Research, 15(1), 60-77. https://doi.org/10.62154/rnn15z69
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Prof. Igbakua Iorjaah, Benue State University, Makurdi.

Department of Religion and Cultural Studies,

Benue State University, Makurdi.

Manasseh Terhile Adagba, Benue State University, Makurdi.

Department of Religion and Cultural Studies,

Benue State University, Makurdi.

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