Engaging Economics : New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-23
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Engaging Economics exposes economic dimensions of the theology of the early Jesus movement, as reflected both in the texts of the New Testament and in the reception of those texts within the patristic era. Under these two considerations, the contributors demonstrate that an economic dimension was an integral component of this early movement and indicate how, in later centuries, that economic dimension was either further developed or ignored altogether. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Bruce W.Longenecker is professor of religion and holds the W. W. Melton Chair at Baylor University. His other books include Rhetoric at the Boundaries, The Lost Letters of Pergamum, and The Triumph of Abraham's God. Kelly D. Liebengood is assistant professor of biblical studies at LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introductory Matters
Introductionp. 3
Methodological Issues in Using Economic Evidence in Interpretation of Early Christian Textsp. 9
New Testament Scenarios
Money Matters: Economic Relations and the Transformation of Value in Early Christianityp. 37
Jesus, Virtuoso Religion, and the Community of Goodsp. 60
The Spirit and the "Other," Satan and the "Self": Economic Ethics as a Consequence of Identity Transformation in Luke-Actsp. 81
Agrarian Discourse and the Sayings of Jesus: "Measure for Measure" in Gospel Traditions and Agricultural Practicesp. 104
Is God Paul's Patron? The Economy of Patronage in Pauline Theologyp. 129
The Economics of Humility: The Rich and the Humble in Jamesp. 157
Aliens and Strangers? The Socioeconomic Location of the Addressees of 1 Peterp. 176
Early Christian Reception
The Poor of Galatians 2:10: The Interpretative Paradigm of the First Four Centuriesp. 205
Tertullian on Widows: A North African Appropriation of Pauline Household Economicsp. 222
Critiquing Rome's Economy: Revelation and Its Reception in the Apostolic Fathersp. 243
By Almsgiving and Faith Sins Are Purged? The Theological Underpinnings of Early Christian Care for the Poorp. 260
Zacchaeus's Half: Ascetical Economy in the Syriac Book of Stepsp. 281
Editorial Afterword
Afterwordp. 307
Contributorsp. 312
Index Of Modern Authorsp. 315
Index Of Ancient Sourcesp. 321
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