In the Parable of the Talents, neither the master nor any of the servants make any appeal to legal standards, but it seems improbable that there was no background set of rules against which the story played out. To the legal mind, the Parable thus raises some interesting questions: What was the relationship between the master and the servant? What were the servants’ duties? How do the likely answers to those questions map to modern relations, such as those of principal and agent? Curiously, however, there are almost no detailed analyses of these questions in Anglo-American legal scholarship.