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32 In a nutshell, patron-client relationships helped to establish and sustain the “pecking order” between organizations in firstcentury Palestine. , clients). 34 Clients responded by giving honor (which was often considered to be more valuable than financial wealth), information, political support, loyalty, and tributes to their patrons. Four characteristics of patron-client relationships are especially noteworthy. ”35 Under the Roman idea of patronage, if anyone of a higher social status provided a benefit to a party of a lower social status, the party of higher status had a duty to ensure that the party of lower status would become an indebted client.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18–19). The section then goes on to describe how Jesus chooses his 12 apostles and how he brings many social outcasts back into community (via healing them). The longest passage at the heart of this section—sometimes called the “Sermon on the Plain” (Luke 6:20–49)—starts with four beatitudes that have been called “the Gospel in a nutshell”24: blessed are the poor, the hungry, those who weep, and those who are rejected by society.

Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51–19:40) This third section, which presents a series of teachings and events that describe how followers can put Jesus’ teachings into practice, is presented in the form of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. This section is of special interest to the present study because it contains most of the passages of particular relevance to management theory and practice. 25 As will be described in part five, this section has embedded within it a recurring 16 M a n ag e m e n t a n d t h e G o s p e l four-step process model that unfolds as follows: (i) problem recognition; (ii) action response; (iii) changed way of seeing; and (iv) institutional change.

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