Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich Wealth, Poverty, and Early Christian Formation

ISBN-10: 0801048249
ISBN-13: 9780801048241
Edition: 2012
Authors: Helen Rhee
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 11/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The issue of wealth and poverty and its relationship to Christian faith is as ancient as the New Testament and reaches even further back to the Hebrew Scriptures. From the beginnings of the Christian movement, the issue of how to deal with riches and care for the poor formed an important aspect of Christian discipleship. This careful study shows how early Christians adopted, appropriated, and transformed the Jewish and Greco-Roman moral teachings and practices of giving and patronage. As Helen Rhee illuminates the early Christian understanding of wealth and poverty, she shows how it impacted the formation of Christian identity. She also demonstrates the ongoing relevance of early Christian thought and practice for the contemporary church.

Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
The Social, Economic, and Theological World of Early Christianity
Economy and Social Structure in the Greco-Roman World
The Israelite and Jewish Setting for the Rich and the Poor and Teachings on Wealth and Poverty
Early Christian Teachings and Practices
The Geographic Spread and Social Situations of Christian Communities in the Second and Third Centuries
Wealth, Poverty, and Eschatology
Patristic Eschatology and Ethics
The New Age, Judgment, and Material Kingdom
Judgment, the Rich and the Poor, and Almsgiving
Eschatological Dualism and Dualism of Earthly and Heavenly Riches
Summary and Conclusion
Wealth, Poverty, and Salvation
Soteriology and Ethics
Salvation, the Rich, and the Poor-Internalization in Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Peter of Alexandria
Salvation and the Redefinition of Wealth and Poverty in the Christian Apocryphal Tradition
Salvation, Almsgiving, and Penance in Tertullian and Cyprian of Carthage
Summary and Conclusion
Wealth, Poverty, and Koinonia
Social Composition and Differences within Christian Communities
The Great Commandment: Loving God and One's Neighbor
Hospitality: Christian Reformulations
Early Christian Women and Acts of Charity
Acts of Mercy as Acts of Justice
Summary and Conclusion
Wealth, Poverty, and Ecclesiastical Control
Christian(-ized) Patronage and the Unity of the Church-Bishop as Patron
Church Ownership and Possessions
The Economic Activities of the Church and Clergy
Summary and Conclusion
Wealth, Poverty, and Christian Identity
Wealth, Business Activities, and the Blurring of Christian Identity
Christian Identity-Denunciation of Avarice and Luxury
Christian Identity-Almsgiving as Christian Freedom, Obligation, and a Boundary Marker
The Constantinian Reformation-Church, Wealth, and Public Service
Monasticism, Poverty, and Public Service
Summary and Conclusion
Wealth, Poverty, and Christian Response in Contemporary Society
Contextualizing Attitude, Use, and Distribution-Sufficiency, Materialism, and Simplicity
Use and Distribution of Wealth, and Poverty Relief-Generosity, Church, and Justice
What about the Prosperity Gospel Movement?
Last Words
Bibliography
Index of Ancient Sources
Author Index
Subject Index

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