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In The Way of Abundance, economist and minister Edith Rasell examines Old and New Testament teachings on economic justice in the context of the ancient economic systems and circumstances they addressed. Drawing on the biblical narrative and on research from the social sciences, Rasell examines three eras—the ancient Israelites' settlements in Canaan, the time of the monarchies, and first-century Palestine—and describes the transition from a non-monetized, subsistence-based economy to a commercial one with wage labor, product markets, and a surplus that benefited a tiny elite. But across this vast expanse of time and economic transition, the Bible called for a just economy. And its vision of economic justice can be a vision for justice seekers today. The book concludes with specific public policy proposals and personal practices that would move contemporary society closer to the Bible's economic vision.
|Title: The Way of Abundance: Economic Justice in Scripture and Society|
By: Edith Rasell
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2022
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 14 ounces
Stock No: WW469829
Edith Rasell is an economist and a pastor in the United Church of Christ. She has worked at the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank in Washington, DC, and has served on the national staff of the United Church of Christ as Minister for Economic Justice. She holds a PhD in economics from American University. Her writing has appeared in the American Economic Review and the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as at popular outlets including the blogs of Sojourners, the AFL-CIO, and the Center for American Progress.
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