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All things in common : the economic practices of the early Christians

Author: Roman A Montero; Edgar G Foster
Publisher: Eugene, Or : Resource Publications, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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All Things in Common gets behind the "communism of the apostles" passages in Acts 2:42-47 and 4:32-37, using the anthropological categories of "social relationships" espoused by David Graeber and other anthropologists. Looking at sources ranging from the Qumran scrolls to the North African apologist Tertullian to the Roman satirist Lucian, All Things in Common reconstructs the economic practices of the early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roman A Montero; Edgar G Foster
ISBN: 9781532607912 1532607911 9781532607936 1532607938
OCLC Number: 1006811847
Notes: Introduction.
Economic relationships.
A universal community.
Conclusion.
Description: xi, 133 Seiten . ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Edgar G. Foster. The economic context of first-century Palestine. The Essenes, a Jewish Messianic community. Hellenistic concepts of friendship, common property, and attitudes toward the poor. The economic practices of the early Christians. "The tragedy of the commons." The view from the outside. The theological origins of Christian sharing. Why others get it wrong.
Responsibility: Roman A. Montero ; foreword by Edgar G. Foster.
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All Things in Common gets behind the "communism of the apostles" passages in Acts 2:42-47 and 4:32-37, using the anthropological categories of "social relationships" espoused by David Graeber and other anthropologists. Looking at sources ranging from the Qumran scrolls to the North African apologist Tertullian to the Roman satirist Lucian, All Things in Common reconstructs the economic practices of the early Christians and argues that what is described in Acts 2:42-47 and 4:32-37 is a long-term, widespread set of practices that were taken seriously by the early Christians, and that differentiated them significantly from the wider world. This book takes into account Judean and Hellenistic parallels to the early Christian community of goods, as well as the socioeconomic context from which it came, and traces its origins back to the very teachings of Jesus and his declaration of the Jubilee. From back cover.

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