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Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions
Craig L. Bloomberg

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Format: Paperback, 300pp.
ISBN: 0830826076
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Pub. Date: March 2001

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This series addresses key issues in the discipline of biblical theology. Scholarly yet entirely accessible to students, pastors, and general readers, these volumes avoid technical jargon, interact with the best, most relevant literature, and - above all - provide clear and creative insights that help thinking Christians better understand the Bible and its application to contemporary life.

One of the most difficult questions facing Christians today has to do with the proper attitude toward possessions. In wealthy nations, especially those in the West, individuals accumulate much and yet are exposed almost daily to the plight of the poor - from the homeless men and women on their own city streets to the faces of starving children on their television screens. What action should they take on behalf of the poor? What should they do with their own possessions?

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

Called "the best book on the subject" by D. A. Carson, Neither Poverty nor Riches should be read by all concerned with the relation of poverty, wealth, and faith.

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"On a subject as sensitive as this one, it is extraordinarily rare to find balance and prophetic voice rolled up in one. In my view, this is now the best book on the entire subject."

D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

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Craig Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Series preface
Author's preface
Abbreviations
Introductory considerations
A sampling of statistics
Christian response

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

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

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

The teaching of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels

The parables of Jesus
The remaining teachings of Jesus
Conclusions

Earliest Christianity

The epistle of James
The book of Acts

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

The rest of the New Testament

The synoptic evangelists
The rest of the New Testament
Summary and conclusions

Summary, conclusions and applications

Summary
Additional conclusions
Applications

Bibliography
Index of authors



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