There Shall Be No Poor among You Poverty in the Bible

ISBN-10: 0687000599

ISBN-13: 9780687000593

Edition: 2004

Authors: Leslie J. Hoppe

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There Shall Be No Poor Among You is a careful and comprehensive but not overly technical study of the biblicalportrait of the poor and poverty. Hoppe introduces the study with the socioeconomic structuresof ancient Israel and Roman Palestine, then proceeds systematically to examine the biblical evidence, including that of theOld Testament, New Testament, Apocrypha, and rabbinic literature.The Bible describes the poor and poverty in a variety of ways. Sometimes poverty is a curse; other times it is a blessing. Sometimes the text is concernedabout material poverty exclusively; other times poverty becomes a metaphor for another reality. Hoppe describes the various ways the Bible deals with the poor, but his fundamental conclusion is that the Bible never idealizes the reality of material poverty and the oppressionof the poorby the rich. Even when the Bible speaks of "poverty of the spirit" as a positive religious metaphor, God requires humans to seek social justice.Hoppe suggests that just as poverty is not idealized in the Bible, sothe poorshould be a priorityof every community of faith. Ancient Israel, early Judaism, Jesus, and the first Christians did not forget the poor, and if believers today wish to be faithful to their biblical heritage, neither can they.This book providesa practical background for scholars and is a primer for a significant theological motif. It will be useful in the classroom (in college and seminary courses in biblical ethics and social justice), as well as inserious Bible study. Study questions will help readers and students further probe history, theology, and application.
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate and is a contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. His most recent book is Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life, a comparison about how those men changed our nation with their history-making actions.

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