The tradition history of the parables peculiar to Luke's central section
A summary of the salient points of this thesis appears as part of the conclusion, pp. 461 63* under the heading, "Summary of Results," to which the reader is referred for further detail. Quite briefly, the main points may be itemized in this fashion. The tradition history of the parables peculiar to Luke's central section involves questions both of authenticity and of source and redaction criticism. Given the nature of the material involved, an examination of the former must precede an examination of the latter. It turns out that all of the parables investigated here are authentic, that they were probably collected together in a written source at the pre-Lucan stage, and that Luke preserved this source and its chiastic structure, building his central section in topical fashion around it. The various presuppositions and delimitations outlined in part one are all reinforced by the results of parts two and three (the body of the thesis) as well as by the study of a control model the corpus of parables attributed to Tannaim (part four). The methods utilized for establishing questions of authenticity, source, and redaction criticism all break new ground in various ways and deserve further testing and application elsewhere in biblical research.