Engaging Economics illuminates, through a series of topical essays, the way the New Testament and its early interpreters understood economic issues theologically, and how they applied that understandings. The contributors conclude that a rich theo-economic understanding existed in the New Testament and that these beliefs were integral to way the Early Church dealt with money. However, they also conclude that, in later centuries, the church, at times, built on these beliefs or, tragically, ignored them.Selected Essay Titles from Engaging EconomicsThe Spirit and the "Other," Satan and the "Self": Economic Ethics as a Consequence of Identity Transformation in Luke-ActsAaron KueckerAgrarian Discourse and the Sayings of Jesus: "Measure for Measure" in Gospel Traditions and Agricultural Practices John KloppenburgThe Economics of Humility: The Rich and the Humble in JamesMariam KamellTertullian on Widows: A North African Appropriation of Pauline Household Economics David White
Engaging Economics exposes economic dimensions of the theology of the early Jesus movement, as reflected both in the texts of the New Testament and in the reception of those texts within the patristic era. Under these two considerations, the contributors demonstrate that an economic dimension was an integral component of this early movement and indicate how, in later centuries, that economic dimension was either further developed or ignored altogether.
Bruce W. Longenecker is professor of religion and holds the W. W. Melton Chair at Baylor University.
Kelly D. Liebengood is professor of New Testament at Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica.
Ben Witherington IIIAsbury Theological Seminary"Finally! A book that addresses the economic issues raised in and by the New Testament, without denuding the text of its theological and ethical focus and content. Engaging Economics is engagingly written and presents us with a word in due season that we should hear and heed. Stop twittering and read this book!"
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