Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception

Overview

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.

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802864147
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/23/2009
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce W. Longenecker is professor of religion and holds the W. W. Melton Chair at Baylor University.

Kelly D. Liebengood is professor of New Testament at Seminario ESEPA, San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Table of Contents

Introductory Matters

1 Introduction Bruce W. Longenecker Kelly D. Liebengood 3

2 Methodological Issues in Using Economic Evidence in Interpretation of Early Christian Texts Peter Oakes 9

New Testament Scenarios

3 Money Matters: Economic Relations and the Transformation of Value in Early Christianity Stephen C. Barton 37

4 Jesus, Virtuoso Religion, and the Community of Goods Brian J. Capper 60

5 The Spirit and the "Other," Satan and the "Self": Economic Ethics as a Consequence of Identity Transformation in Luke-Acts Aaron J. Kuecker 81

6 Agrarian Discourse and the Sayings of Jesus: "Measure for Measure" in Gospel Traditions and Agricultural Practices John S. Kloppenborg 104

7 Is God Paul's Patron? The Economy of Patronage in Pauline Theology David J. Downs 129

8 The Economics of Humility: The Rich and the Humble in James Mariam Kamell 157

9 Aliens and Strangers? The Socioeconomic Location of the Addressees of 1 Peter David G. Horrell 176

Early Christian Reception

10 The Poor of Galatians 2:10: The Interpretative Paradigm of the First Four Centuries Bruce W. Longenecker 205

11 Tertullian on Widows: A North African Appropriation of Pauline Household Economics David E. Wilhite 222

12 Critiquing Rome's Economy: Revelation and Its Reception in the Apostolic Fathers Grant Macaskill 243

13 By Almsgiving and Faith Sins Are Purged? The Theological Underpinnings of Early Christian Care for the Poor Christopher M. Hays 260

14 Zacchaeus's Half: Ascetical Economy in the Syriac Book of Steps Robert A. Kitchen 281

Editorial Afterword

15 Afterword Bruce W. Longenecker 307

Contributors 312

Index Of Modern Authors 315

Index OfAncient Sources 321

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