|PRODIGAL SON |
Popular term used to identify Jesus' parable in
Luke 15:11-32. English translations do not use the term prodigal meaning, “reckless” or “wasteful,” though they speak of the younger son's wasting or squandering his property (Luke 15:13). “The Prodigal Son” is an unfortunate designation for this parable told in defense of Jesus' practice of fellowshipping with sinners (Luke 15:1). The parable focuses not on the reckless-then-repentant younger son but on the waiting father who rushes to welcome his child home and calls all, elder brother included, to share the joy of homecoming.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'PRODIGAL SON'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".