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Neither Poverty nor Riches: A New Testament Theology of Material Possessions (Craig L Blomberg) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2000) 9780830826070
Neither Poverty nor Riches: A New Testament Theology of Material Possessions (Craig L Blomberg) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2000) 9780830826070
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Title: Neither Poverty nor Riches: A New Testament Theology of Material Possessions

Author: Blomberg, Craig L

Publisher: InterVarsity Press; Publication Date: 2000

Paperback; ISBN: 9780830826070

Volumes: 1; Pages: 300

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One of the most difficult questions facing Christians today is that of the proper attitude toward possessions. In wealthy nations such as Britain and the USA, individuals accumulate much and yet are daily exposed to the plight of the poor, whether the homeless on their own city streets or starving children on their TV screens. What action should we take on behalf of the poor? What should we do with our own possessions?

In Neither Poverty nor Riches Craig Blomberg asks what the Bible has to say about these issues. Avoiding easy answers, he instead seeks a comprehensive biblical theology of possessions. And so he begins with the groundwork laid by the Old Testament and the ideas developed in the intertestamental period, then draws out what the whole New Testament has to say on the subject, and finally offers conclusions and applications relevant to our contemporary world.

Neither Poverty Nor Riches is one book that all should read who are concerned with issues of poverty and wealth.

Contents

Series Preface

Author's Preface

Abbreviations

Introductory Considerations

A Sampling of Statistics

Christian Response

1. The Old Testament and Material Possessions: The Historical Books

From Eden to Sinai

From Sinai to Canaan: the Law of Moses

In the Promised Land: Cycles of Obedience and Disobedience

Summary and Conclusions

2. The Old Testament Wisdom and Prophetic Literature

Poetry and Wisdom Literature

The Prophets

Summary and Conclusions

Conclusions Concerning the Entire Old Testament and Material Possessions

3. Additional Historical Background: Between the Testaments

Socio-political Developments

The Literature of the Jews

Other Ideological Developments Prior to the New Testament

Information from the Gospels Bearing on the Socio-economic Status of the Main Characters

Conclusions

4. The Teaching of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels

The Parables of Jesus

The Remaining Teachings of Jesus

Conclusions

5. Earliest Christianity

The Epistle of James

The Book of Acts

6. The Life and Teaching of Paul

Galatians

1 and 2 Thessalonians

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Romans

The Prison Epistles

The Pastoral Epistles

Summary and Conclusions

7. The Rest of the New Testament

The Synoptic Evangelists

The Rest of the New Testament

Summary and Conclusions

8. Summary, Conclusions and Applications

Summary

Additional Conclusions

Applications

Bibliography

Index of Authors
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