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  • Poverty in the early church and today : a conversation


  • "Poverty is one of the most significant challenges our world today faces, and it is a particular challenge for Christians, who follow the Jesus who urges giving to the poor and who includes people in poverty among his highest concerns. The essays in this book offer a fresh angle on debates about poverty by bringing together people who have expertise and experience in alleviating poverty today with people who have expertise in the ancient worlds of the Bible. We bring them together in order to have a conversation about how Christians today might think about and act on poverty issues, informed by the way our ancestors-in-faith responded to poverty in their places and times"--Page vii.


  • Swithinbank, Hannah, editor
  • Walton, Steve, 1955- editor

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  • [London] ; [New York] : T & T Clark, [2019]


  • How This Book Works -- Reflecting on Poverty / Bishop Graham Tomlin -- Foreword / Cardinal Vincent Nichols -- Two concepts of poverty: a theological analysis / Justin Thacker -- Poverty and its causes in the early church / Lynn H. Cohick -- Causes of poverty today / Katie Harrison -- Response to Lynn H. Cohick / Katie Harrison -- Dream better dreams: response to Katie Harrison / Lynn H. Cohick -- "Do good to all" (Gal. 6.10): assets, capital and benefaction in early Christianity / Bruce W. Longenecker -- Benefaction today? / John Coleby -- Response to Bruce Longenecker / John Coleby -- Response to John Coleby / Bruce W. Longenecker -- Patronage and people: Paul's perspective in Philippians / Steve Walton -- Patronage today / Helen Hekel -- Response to Steve Walton / Helen Hekel -- Response to Helen Hekel / Steve Walton -- Paul and the gift to Jerusalem: overcoming the problems of the long-distance gift / John M.G. Barclay -- Raising funds in one place, giving to another: gift distribution today / Virginia Luckett -- Response to John Barclay / Virginia Luckett -- Response to Virginia Luckett / John M.G. Barclay -- Wealth and dehumanization: Ezekiel's oracles against Tyre / Myrto Theocharous -- Poverty and dehumanization / Ellie Hughes -- Response to Myrto Theocharous / Ellie Hughes -- Response to Ellie Hughes / Myrto Theocharous -- The 'undeserving poor' in the early church / Fiona J.R. Gregson -- The 'undeserving poor' today : the rhetoric and theological development of a problematic category / Hannah Swithinbank -- Response to Fiona Gregson / Hannah Swithinbank -- Response to Hannah Swithinbank / Fiona J.R. Gregson -- The early church, the Roman state and ancient civil society: whose responsibility are the poor? / Christopher M. Hays -- Poverty and the powers today / Stephen Timms -- Response to Christopher Hays / Stephen Timms -- Response to Stephen Timms, MP / Christopher M. Hays -- The poor will always be among you: poverty, education and the Catholic ideal / Francis Campbell -- Review: responding and summarizing / Craig L. Blomberg -- Between today and yesterday: evidence, complexity, poverty and the 'body' of Christ / Francis Davis.


  • -  Church history--Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
  • -  Church work with the poor
  • -  Poverty--Religious aspects--Christianity--History of doctrines
  • -  Poverty--Religious aspects--Christianity


  • -  Includes bibliographical references (pages 216-227) and index.
  • -  Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on 11/02/2020)


  • 1 online resource (xvii, 239 pages)

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  • BV4647.P6

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  • 2020426284

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Walton, Steve, Editor. Poverty in the Early Church and Today: A Conversation. editeds by Swithinbank, Hannahitor [London ; New York: T & T Clark, 2019] Pdf.

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Walton, Steve, Editor. Poverty in the Early Church and Today: A Conversation. ed by Swithinbank, Hannahitor [London ; New York: T & T Clark, 2019] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.