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Edited By: Susan R. Holman
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This inaugural volume in the Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History Series provides an ecumenical roster of leading scholars examining issues of prosperity and penury in the theology, social practices, and institutions of early Christianity. These contributors explain poverty in the New Testament period, explore developments among Christians in Egypt, Asia Minor, and early Byzantium, and connect patristic theology with contemporary public policy and religious dialogue.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 080103549X
ISBN-13: 9780801035494
Series: Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History

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"This is a splendid book, a substantial contribution on a topic of perennial import for scholars of religion and theology. The essays collected here offer important reassessments of scholarship to date. They present fresh, vivid material and provide revised models through which to study, reflect upon, and respond to deprivation and surplus as realities in antiquity and in our own time. Practical, pragmatic considerations are interwoven with cultural, historical, and theological analyses. Excellent work throughout!" -Susan Ashbrook Harvey, professor of religious studies, Brown University

"In this collection of essays, the reader will find insightful questions raised and conclusions made concerning the early Christian perspectives of need and surplus. It is refreshing to find careful attention paid to the kind of complexities that existed in the minds of those who wrote, directly or (mostly) indirectly, on these matters." -D. H. Williams, professor of religion in patristics and historical theology, Baylor University

"The social obligations of the wealthy and the needs of the poor in the teachings and practices of early Christians are examined in these essays with rich insight, having much contemporary value. The authors remind us that for the patristic mind, virtue cannot be separated from piety and learning. To praise the living God as philanthropos and to recall his saving actions also require a genuine love for human persons, especially the poor." -Thomas FitzGerald, dean, and professor of church history and historical theology, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

"This volume is a rarity: a collection of conference papers that is both coherent and consistently excellent. Ably edited by Susan R. Holman, these essays explore a wide variety of texts and topics from diverse methodological perspectives, but they never lose sight of the primary theme of the book: the problem of poverty and the appropriate Christian response to it. The outstanding contributors deftly balance theological and rhetorical analysis with attention to social and economic contexts. The result is an essential contribution to the historical reconstruction of early Christian moral traditions and their theological retrieval today." -David G. Hunter, Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies, University of Kentucky

Publisher Description

Wealth and poverty are issues of perennial importance in the life and thought of the church. This volume brings patristic thought to bear on these vital issues. The contributors offer explanations of poverty in the New Testament period, explore developments among Christians in Egypt and Asia Minor and in early Byzantium, and connect patristic theology with contemporary public policy and religious dialogue.

This volume inaugurates Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History, a partnership between Baker Academic and the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. The series is a deliberate outreach by the Orthodox community to Protestant and Catholic seminarians, pastors, and theologians. In these multi-author books, contributors from all traditions focus on the patristic (especially Greek patristic) heritage.

Contributors include: David Brakke, Rudolf Brandle, Denise Kimber Buell, Daniel Caner, Francine Cardman, Demetrios J. Constantelos, Steven J. Friesen, Gorge Hasselhoff, Susan R. Holman, Angeliki E. Laiou, Brian Matz, Wendy Mayer, Edward Moore, Timothy Patitsas, Adam Serfass, A. Edward Siecienski, Annewies van den Hoek, and Efthalia Makris Walsh.

Editor Bio

Susan R. Holman (PhD, Brown University) is the author of The Hungry Are Dying: Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia, a member of the board of the Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and the creator of PovertyStudies.org.

Series Information

Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History is a partnership between Baker Academic and the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The series is a deliberate outreach by the Orthodox community to seminarians, pastors, and theologians of all traditions.

Series Editorial Board:

  • Robert J. Daly, SJ, Boston College
  • Bruce N. Beck, The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute
  • Francois Bovon, Harvard Divinity School
  • Demetrios S. Katos, Hellenic College
  • Susan R. Holman, PovertyStudies.org
  • Aristotle Papanikolaou, Fordham University
  • James Skedros, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

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