9781107018501

Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful : Perspectives on Wealth in the Second Temple Period and the Apocalypse of John

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    9781107018501

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    1107018501

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/30/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

In the book of Revelation, John appeals to the faithful to avoid the temptations of wealth, which he connects with evil and disobedience within secular society. New Testament scholars have traditionally viewed his somewhat radical stance as a reaction to the social injustices and idolatry of the imperial Roman cults of the day. Mark D. Mathews argues that John's rejection of affluence was instead shaped by ideas in the Jewish literature of the Second Temple period which associated the rich with the wicked and viewed the poor as the righteous. Mathews explores how traditions preserved in the Epistle of Enoch and later Enochic texts played a formative role in shaping John's theological perspective. This book will be of interest to those researching poverty and wealth in early Christian communities and the relationship between the traditions preserved in the Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The question of wealth in the Apocalypse
The Language of Wealth and Poverty in the Second Temple Period: Introduction
Dead Sea Scrolls: non-sectarian Aramaic documents
Dead Sea Scrolls: non-sectarian Hebrew documents
Dead Sea Scrolls: sectarian Hebrew documents
Other Jewish literature; Preliminary conclusions
Wealth, Poverty, and the Faithful Community in the Apocalypse of John: Introduction
The language of wealth and poverty in the seven messages - Rev 2-3
The present eschatological age - Rev 4-6
Buying and selling in Satan's world - Rev 12-13, 18
Final conclusions
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