Jesus and Money: A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis

Jesus and Money: A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis

by Ben III Witherington

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Overview

Widespread unemployment. Record home foreclosures. A vulnerable stock market. Government bailouts. In the wake of a sobering global recession, many Christians realize they need to rethink their approach to money. Here respected New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III explores what the Bible does--and doesn't--say about money. He clearly and concisely examines what Jesus and his earliest followers taught about wealth and poverty, money and debt, and tithing and sacrificial giving to help readers understand the proper role of money in modern Christian life. Along the way, he critiques the faith promise and health-and-wealth approaches to these issues, showing what good stewardship of God's possessions really looks like. Church study groups, pastors, church leaders, students, and all who are concerned about making sense of money in a world of economic uncertainty will value this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441207821
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Quest, The Paul Quest, and The New York Times bestseller The Brother of Jesus. He is a frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com and has appeared on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN.
Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Quest, The Paul Quest, and The New York Times bestseller The Brother of Jesus. He has appeared on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN.

Table of Contents

Prequel: Reconsidering the Value of Money in Hard Times

1. "In the Beginning God Created . . ." Getting Our Bearings

2. A King's Ransom: Proverbial Wisdom on Wealth

3. Money in the Bartering World of Jesus

4. Jesus and the Treasure Hunt

5. James's Rich Wisdom

6. Luke on Poverty and Wealth

7. Paul on Work, Remuneration, and the Love of Money

8. John of Patmos and the News Flash for the Merchants and Mr. 666

9. Toward a New Testament Theology of Stewardship, Money, and Giving

10. How to Deprogram Ourselves from a Lifestyle of Conspicuous Consumption and Self-Gratification

Appendix 1: Ten Christian Myths about Money

Appendix 2: John Wesley's Sermon "On the Use of Money"

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