The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Mk 12:1–12)

Jakub S. Trojan

Rather than of the christological, anthropological and ecclesiological components of the Parable, the author of the study is concerned with its significance as to the conception of God, particularly, of God’s relationship to Jesus Christ’s suffering and death. The same is true in saying that the article is far from providing a profound exegetical study. Trojan’s principal target is to bring a systematic reflection of the theological issue. His main argument can be found in the emphasis that God of/in the Parable cannot be identified with the evil occurring in the murderous deeds of the tenants. Nor can any attempt be stated on God’s side to utilize the winegrowers’ evil for his own ends, even less to plan it in advance. It is rather a shocking experience for God himself. Consequently, the image of God presented in the Parable differs enormously from that one of dogmatics, traditionally presented in all Christian confessions over centuries.