the out are already in

The Out are Already In

  • Matthew 19-20
  • John 11-12
  • Kingdom, Grace, Judgment (Capon, 2002)
  • Book 3, Chapter 3: Death as the Engine of Judgment
  • Book 3, Chapter 4: A Rhapsody of Unsuccess
  • Book 3, Chapter 5: Resurrection and Judgment
  • Book 3, Chapter 6: The Onset of the Hurricane
  • Stories with Intent (Snodgrass, 2018)
  • The Workers in the Vineyard

In these selections, Capon (2002) treated the stories as types of parables even though they are not traditionally regarded that way along with more traditional parables, such as the story of the coins. He did this as part of developing an argument in the introduction to his section on Parables of Judgment. There, Capon (2002) described as the “master key” for interpreting these parables (and narrated events) the idea that

inclusion before exclusion is the chief interpretative principle of the parables of judgment. As a general rule–and especially in his specific parables of judgment–Jesus is at pains to show that
no one is kicked out who wasn’t already in. (p. 356)

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In four to five paragraphs, respond to the following:

  • In your own words, explain what Capon (2002) meant by this rule;
  • Illustrate how this interpretive rule works by interpreting the resurrection of Lazarus along with one other scene of your choice according to the rule; and
  • Do you agree that this is what Jesus is up to in his parables of judgment? Why or why not?

Support your statements with evidence from the Required Studies and your research.

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