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Socio-Economic Parables in Luke : A Mizo Tribal Reading
Authorship Description
H. Joseph Lalfakmawia.
Bibliographical Details xlvi, 420 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351484866
ISBN-13 9789351484868, 978-9351484868
Year of Publication 2020.
Series Biblical Hermeneutics Rediscovered - 38.
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The scholarly work deals with Lucan parables such as 1) Parable of the Unjust Steward, 2) Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, 3) Parable of the Mina, 4) Parable of the Sower, 5) Parable of the Rich Fool, and 6) Parable of a Mustard Seed; from socio-economic perspective. The method adopted in doing this research is a Mizo Tribal reading.

The author has wisely utilized Mizo oral traditions and cultural heritages such as folktales, folksongs, images, sayings, proverbs, stories and maxims, as hermeneutical tools to interpret the selected parables.



1. Socio-Economic Context of Lucan Gospel
2. Socio-Political and Economic Background of Mizoram and Mizo Attitude on Wealth and Achievement: Assessment from Oral Tradition
3. Recent Interpretation of Lucan Parables
4. Exegetical Study of the Parables on Accumulation of Wealth
5. Exegetical Study of Parables on Agricultural Concern
6. Conlusion


Appendix 1: Status and Life of Women in the Past Mizo Society
Appemdix 2: Mizo Agricultural System
Appendix 3: Main Crops in the Typical Mizo Jhum
Appendix 4: Import and Export in the Early Mizo Trade


H. Joseph Lalfakmawia earned his theological degrees (BD, MTh and DTh) from Senate of Serampore College (University). In 2009, he joined Master’s College of Theology, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (Senate of Serampore) as a lecturer of New Testament, then as Academic Dean till 2014. After completion of doctoral studies, he joined pastoral ministry under the Mizoram Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church of India.

Apart from academic articles published in journals and books, Joseph has published eight books; three books in Mizo and five books are published by the SCEPTRE, Kolkata (Senate of Serampore College): Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels (2013), Re-Reading the Gospel of John from Indian Perspective (2013), Understanding the New Testament (2013), General Introduction to Post Biblical Judaism (2013) and Basic Methodological Study Aid for Theological Students (2014). He is also a co-editor of Ekklesia: Indian Conversation (2015). He married Esther Lalruatpuii, and are blessed with a daughter, H. Tirzah Remruati and a son, H. Zefania Hruaizela.

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