“… the kingdom of God will be given to a people yielding its fruits”

Jesus continued his critical engagement with the chief priests and aristocrats. Today’s Gospel passage follows immediately that of last week. It is more a cryptic allegory than a parable. It was probably modified by the early discipleship community in the light of what historically happened to Jesus; and its message was made even more obvious for later readers.

To understand the illustration better, it is helpful to realise that Jesus’ engagement with the priests and elders took place in the presence of the many peasant pilgrims crowding the temple precincts for the celebration of the Passover.

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