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Poverty in the early church and today : a conversation

Author: Steve Walton; Hannah Swithinbank
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : T & T Clark, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This innovative volume focuses on the significance of early Christianity for modern means of addressing poverty, by offering a rigorous study of deprivation and its alleviation in both earliest Christianity and today's world. The contributors seek to present the complex ways in which early Christian ideas and practices relate to modern ideas and practices, and vice versa. In this light, the book covers seven major  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Walton; Hannah Swithinbank
ISBN: 9780567677761 0567677761
OCLC Number: 1077574648
Description: xvii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Two concepts of poverty: a theological analysis / Justin Thacker --
Poverty and its causes in the early church / Lynn H. Cohick --
Causes of poverty today / Katie Harrison --
Response to Lynn H. Cohick / Katie Harrison --
Dream better dreams: response to Katie Harrison / Lynn H. Cohick --
"Do good to all" (Gal. 6.10): assets, capital and benefaction in early Christianity / Bruce W. Longenecker --
Benefaction today? / John Coleby --
Response to Bruce Longenecker / John Coleby --
Response to John Coleby / Bruce W. Longenecker --
Patronage and people: Paul's perspective in Philippians / Steve Walton --
Patronage today / Helen Hekel --
Response to Steve Walton / Helen Hekel --
Response to Helen Hekel / Steve Walton --
Paul and the gift to Jerusalem: overcoming the problems of the long-distance gift / John M.G. Barclay --
Raising funds in one place, giving to another: gift distribution today / Virginia Luckett --
Response to John Barclay / Virginia Luckett --
Response to Virginia Luckett / John M.G. Barclay --
Wealth and dehumanization: Ezekiel's oracles against Tyre / Myrto Theocharous --
Poverty and dehumanization / Ellie Hughes --
Response to Myrto Theocharous / Ellie Hughes --
Response to Ellie Hughes / Myrto Theocharous --
The 'undeserving poor' in the early church / Fiona J.R. Gregson --
The 'undeserving poor' today : the rhetoric and theological development of a problematic category / Hannah Swithinbank --
Response to Fiona Gregson / Hannah Swithinbank --
Response to Hannah Swithinbank / Fiona J.R. Gregson --
The early church, the Roman state and ancient civil society: whose responsibility are the poor? / Christopher M. Hays --
Poverty and the powers today / Stephen Timms --
Response to Christopher Hays / Stephen Timms --
Response to Stephen Timms, MP / Christopher M. Hays --
The poor will always be among you: poverty, education and the Catholic ideal / Francis Campbell --
Review: responding and summarizing / Craig L. Blomberg --
Between today and yesterday: evidence, complexity, poverty and the 'body' of Christ / Francis Davis.
Responsibility: edited by Steve Walton and Hannah Swithinbank.

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This innovative volume focuses on the significance of early Christianity for modern means of addressing poverty, by offering a rigorous study of deprivation and its alleviation in both earliest Christianity and today's world. The contributors seek to present the complex ways in which early Christian ideas and practices relate to modern ideas and practices, and vice versa. In this light, the book covers seven major areas of poverty and its causes, benefaction, patronage, donation, wealth and dehumanization, `the undeserving poor', and responsibility. Each area features an expert in early Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco-Roman settings, paired with an expert in modern strategies for addressing poverty and benefaction; each author engages with the same topic from their respective area of expertise, and responds to their partner's essay. Giving careful attention toboth the continuities and discontinuities between the ancient world and today, the contributors seek to inform and engage church leaders, those working in NGOs concerned with poverty, and all interested in these crucial issues, both Christian and not.

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