Benefaction and Patronage in Leadership: A Socio-Historical Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles

Benefaction and Patronage in Leadership: A Socio-Historical Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles

by Nathan Nzyoka Joshua

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Since antiquity, many have come to view benefaction and patronage in a negative light, largely due to the increasingly immoral motives of those involved in systems that can be exploitative or corrupt. Dr Nathan Joshua provides a counter to this perception and instead draws attention to the goodness of godly benefaction and patronage from an African Christian perspective. Dr Joshua gives a detailed historical analysis of the Pastoral Epistles in the social context of benefaction and patronage in the first century AD, while offering a comparative study on how to carefully apply the values of benefaction and patronage in light of Paul’s perspective in the Pastoral Epistles, in Christian life and leadership. This is a valuable resource addressing the need for leadership with integrity, and challenging the negative outlook surrounding benefaction and patronage today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783685028
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 342
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

NATHAN NZYOKA JOSHUA earned his PhD in New Testament Biblical Studies from Africa International University (AIU), Nairobi, Kenya. He is a pastor for Africa Inland Church, and currently lectures and serves as the acting Head of Department for Biblical Studies, at AIU. He is the co-author of Restoring the Beauty and Blessing of Ethnic Diversity: A Training Manual on Ethnicity (AIU and ALARM, 2009). Dr Joshua has three children with his wife, Regina.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: General Introduction and Modern Scholarship on Benefaction and Patronage

1.1 General Introduction

1.2 Intended Contribution to Biblical Scholarship

1.3 Delimitations

1.4 Methodology

1.5 Authorship of the Pastoral Epistles

1.6 Modern Scholarship on Benefaction and Patronage

Chapter 2: Socio-Historical Background of Benefaction and Patronage

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Ancient Sources

2.3 Benefaction and Patronage in the Greek, Roman and Jewish Contexts

2.4 Conclusion

Chapter 3: Benefaction, Patronage, and Leadership in the Pastoral Epistles Text

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Benefaction and Patronage in the Pastoral Epistles

3.3 Pastoral Epistles Characters as Benefactors and Patrons

3.4 Humans as Benefactors and Patrons

3.5 Conclusion

Chapter 4: Influences of African Benefaction and Patronage on Africa Inland Church Leadership

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Faith and Moral Character of Church Leaders

4.3 Management Skill

4.4 Economic Status

4.5 Conclusion

Chapter 5: Summary and Conclusions

5.1 Summary

5.2 Conclusions

5.3 Recommendations

Appendix A: Questionnaires

Appendix B: Interviewees for Chapter 4


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