In this article Hays argues that the theme of justice is the central theme and motif of Luke 18:1 to Luke 19:10. Hays notices Luke's use of the Old Testament prophets and the theme of justice to be found in the prophets as it is connected to the coming messianic era. He then notices the socio-economic context of the first-century Palestine. Finally, Hays demonstrates how the theme of justice runs through Luke 18 to 19.
The central section of the Gospel of Luke poses a problem as far as its purpose is concerned. The thesis of this article is that Luke 9:51-Luke 19:44 presents in sharp relief two conflicting ideological points of view—the view of Jesus and the view opposed to his. Luke 14:14-33 is selected as a test case to prove the thesis.