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The “wrath of God” is a stock phrase which becomes far more complex when you look carefully at how it is expressed, in both OT and NT.

How do you mean?

That’s why parables cannot be treated as simple allegories.

Scholarship has shifted on that point. Interpreters are now much more comfortable with the idea that the parables, at least in part, required an allegorical interpretation.

The simplified reactions of a character in a parable cannot be transferred without qualification to reactions ascribed to YHWH.

Why not? What’s your reason for saying that—other than the fact that you would like to avoid some of the less relevant or less “enlightened” aspects of Jesus’ teaching.