Saturday, February 5, 2011

Paul and poverty - Bruce Longenecker's new book

Just bought Bruce Longenecker's book called Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty and the Greco-Roman World (Grant Rapids: Eerdmans), 2010. Here is what he says in the first chapter (page 1).

[C]are for the poor is shown to be an integral part of the "good news" that Paul preached... For Paul, economic assistance of the poor was not sufficient in and of itself, nor was it exhaustive of the good news of Jesus; but neither was it supplemental or peripheral to that good news. In fact, falling within the essentials of the good news, care for the poor was thought by Paul to be a necessary hallmark of the corporate life of Jesus-followers who lived in conformity with the good news of the early Jesus-movement.

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