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Making mega-space for others: Towards theology of mega-friendship from the table fellowship story according to Luke 5:27–32

Yohanes Parihala
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 42, No 1 | a2292 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v42i1.2292 | © 2021 Yohanes Parihala | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 May 2021 | Published: 19 August 2021

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Yohanes Parihala, Department of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Indonesian Christian University of Moluccas, Ambon, Indonesia


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Abstract

The purpose of the article is to interpret the story of the table fellowship in the Gospel of Luke 5:27–32 and construct the theology of mega-friendship with the Other in the context of a pluralistic society. What is happening in the present is that human communities should be living together and facing the fact of differences in the races, ethnic groups, cultural entities or religious communities. In this context, there is a kind of global fear of strangers, rejection of others and conflict or violence against those who differ. By interpreting the text, I argue that Christianity is called to participate in the mega-friendship created by God by making mega-space and befriending the Other. Mega-friendship in the table fellowship is to sustain life in love, equality, compassion, peace and transformation. The theology’s construction begins by explaining the socio-historical context of the table fellowship story, exposing the meaning of the story and constructing the theology of mega-friendship in the context of a pluralistic society.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This research has interdisciplinary implications. It departs from New Testament studies to constructive theology by using a pluralism perspective. By interpreting the table fellowship story in Luke 5:27–32, there is a meaning of the text on theology of friendship and its relevance as a sign of Christian presence in the pluralistic society of the Indonesian context.


Keywords

The gospel of Luke; table fellowship; mega-space; mega-friendship; the other; plurality

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