These Second Temple texts are then examined collectively against the language of wealth and poverty in selected passages of the Apocalypse.
Author: Mark Dewayne Mathews
Category: Apocalyptic literature
The present study considers the degree to which John?s portrayal of the faithful Christian community in the Apocalypse is informed by Jewish apocalyptic traditions related to wealth in the Second Temple period. Previous studies have attributed the author?s radical stance against wealth and economic participation to an ad hoc response against the idolatry and social injustices of the Roman Empire and imperial cults. This thesis argues that there is reasonable evidence to suggest that the author may have already been predisposed to reject affluence as a feature of the present age for the ideal faithful community based on received tradition. The study begins by delineating the problem in a critical review of how scholars have attempted to deal with this language through either the social world of Roman Asia Minor or the author?s use of the biblical prophets. This discussion demonstrates the need to take a tradition-historical approach that includes an examination of Jewish apocalyptic traditions preserved among the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as other Jewish literature not found at Qumran that demonstrate a decided concern over wealth. These Second Temple texts are then examined collectively against the language of wealth and poverty in selected passages of the Apocalypse. The evidence reveals an emphasis on the part of John on the irreversible, eschatological consequences of ethical behaviour directly related to wealth based on a certain cosmological and theological understanding, an emphasis that has close analogies in some Second Temple literature. The study concludes that traditions preserved in the Epistle of Enoch and later Enochic texts have played a formative role in shaping the author?s theological perspective concerning material blessing for the faithful in the present age and the world through which he legitimised the radical stance he imposed on his readers/hearers.
This book is a must read for those who care about managing their finances faithfully." —David W. Miller, PhD, Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale Divinity School "The book is hard-hitting, thought-provoking, and intellectually ...
Author: Gary Moore
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
Category: Business & Economics
Now in paperback, this challenging and provocative book strips the veneer from the financial advice of some popular evangelical media celebrities and advocates a reintegrating of faith and finances. Faithful Finances 101 is a first-person narrative by outspoken advocate of faith-based investing. A senior vice president of investments at Paine Webber before founding his own investment firm as "counsel to ethical and spiritual investors," Gary Moore warns that much of the economic advice emanating from some popular and influential evangelical authors and speakers is based on scare tactics and distortions of what the Bible has to say about finances. He draws on fifty years of studying the Bible, politics, and economics, and presents insights for those who want to be faithful in their finances—to use 100 percent of the time, talent, and treasure with which they have been entrusted for the glory of God as well as for the benefit of others and themselves, and not just give 10 percent of their incomes to the church. "Many financial gurus are ignorant of spiritual matters. Many spiritual leaders are ignorant of financial matters. In a rare blend, Gary Moore brings together proven financial expertise with mature spiritual insights. This book is a must read for those who care about managing their finances faithfully." —David W. Miller, PhD, Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale Divinity School "The book is hard-hitting, thought-provoking, and intellectually challenging, offering a Christian view of macroeconomics rather than a mere how-to guide for personal finance." —Publishers Weekly
In other words, wealth is not an indication of righteousness vis-à-vis covenant blessings ... see Mathews, Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful, Kindle loc.
Author: Esa J. Autero
In Reading the Bible Across Contexts Esa Autero offers a fresh perspective on Luke’s poverty texts. This is done through a critical dialogue between an historical reading and empirical readings by two Latin American Bible reading groups.
cautions that anxiety over wealth can cause sleeplessness (31:1–11 NETS). While wealth is good, ... Mathews, Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful, 72. 36.
Author: Patrick Pouchelle
Publisher: SBL Press
Explore new approaches to the Psalms of Solomon The Psalms of Solomon: Texts, Contexts, and Intertexts explores a unique pseudepigraphal document that bears witness to the 63 BCE Roman conquest of Jerusalem. Essays address a variety of themes, notably their political, social, religious, and historical contexts, through the lens of anthropology of religion, cognitive science, socioeconomic theory, and more. Contributors include Kenneth Atkinson, Eberhard Bons, Johanna Erzberger, Angela Kim Harkins, G. Anthony Keddie, Patrick Pouchelle, Stefan Schreiber, Shani Tzoref, and Rodney A. Werline.
Mathews, Mark D. Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful: Perspectives on Wealth in the Second Temple Period and the Apocalypse of John. SNTSMS 154.
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Reading Revelation in Context brings together short, accessible essays that compare and contrast the visions and apocalyptic imagery of the book of Revelation with various texts from Second Temple Jewish literature. Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, Reading Revelation in Context examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literature in order to illuminate the context of Revelation's theology and the meaning and potency of John's visions. Following the narrative progression of Revelation, each chapter (1) pairs a major unit of the Apocalypse with one or more sections of a thematically related Jewish text, (2) introduces and explores the historical and theological nuances of the comparator text, and (3) shows how the ideas in the comparator text illuminate those expressed in Revelation. In addition to the focused comparison provided in the essays, the book contains other student-friendly features that will help them engage broader discussions, including an introductory chapter that familiarizes students with the world and texts of Second Temple Judaism, a glossary of important terms, and a brief appendix suggesting what tools students might use to undertake their own comparative studies. At the end of each chapter there a list of other thematically relevant Second Temple Jewish texts recommended for additional study and a focused bibliography pointing students to critical editions and higher-level discussions in scholarly literature. Reading Revelation in Context brings together an international team of over 20 New Testament experts including Jamie Davies, David A. deSilva, Michael J. Gorman, Dana M. Harris, Ronald Herms, Edith M. Humphrey, Jonathan A. Moo, Elizabeth E. Shively, Cynthia Long Westfall, Archie T. Wright, and more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: ...
Author: George Ohia
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
It is sad but inevitable for someone to die of an incurable disease but why should anyone die of a simple illness that can be treated easily. Poverty to Riches and Beyond is an antidote to poverty as well as wisdom for wealth management. It is tailored for easy and simple understanding. There are many books that speak of wealth, financial success and so on but Poverty to Riches and Beyond focuses on how to live it. How to control wealth and not allowing it to control you. Are money problems choking your spiritual life? Have you been wondering why things don’t seem to work or why you have stayed at an insignificant financial level for a long time? There is a way forward. This book will help you discover other things like: • The Turbulence and Bliss of Wealth • Guidelines to Financial Success • Investment strategies and its power • Whole family financial planning • Going beyond material riches • 20 nuggets for wise spending • Debt Cancellation plan. This book dispels myths that people have about finances. It gives clarity as to where the Bible stands on money matters and prosperity. It is an eye-opener to the financial principles taught in the Bible.
If you are faithful, both your investment and your capacity for wealth will grow. Two of the servants were faithful with what they had the capacity to ...
Author: Kris Vallotton
Publisher: Chosen Books
Overcoming the Never-Enough Mentality to Experience True Kingdom Abundance Prosperity. It's one of the most dividing words in the church. Some pastors use it to tell their congregations that God will make them all rich, rich, rich! Others spurn the word and insist that true Christlikeness is found in forsaking all worldly riches and possessions. The truth is, both are right--and both are wrong. With refreshing honesty, humor, and keen insight, bestselling author and pastor Kris Vallotton mines the Scriptures in an eye-opening study of what the Bible really says about money, poverty, riches, and wealth. And what he finds is sure to shake up what you thought you knew--including these surprising truths: · Jesus was not poor and homeless · Heaven is described in the language of wealth · Poverty is a mindset that holds us back from true wealth · You determine your wealth based on how much, and how well, you love yourself · God wants all his children to be wealthy, though not everyone should be rich Kingdom prosperity begins from the inside out. When you learn to cultivate a mindset of abundance, no matter your circumstances, you will begin to experience the wealth of heaven in every area of your life.
Author: Philip Francis EslerPublish On: 2017-06-09
We also find a similar depiction of the rich and poor in other nT writings; ... Matthews, “Riches, Poverty and the faithful,” 165. the wicked and evil have ...
Author: Philip Francis Esler
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
In recent decades the ancient apocalyptic work 1 Enoch has been intensively explored for its historical meaning and its contribution to Israelite and Christ-movement thought and identity. Yet its theological meaning, what it can contribute to understanding of the divine-human interface today, has been neglected by scholarship. This is surprising given that 1 Enoch is Scripture for the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox churches and has been a major influence on Christian theology, experience, and art in Ethiopia since the fifth and sixth centuries CE. This book inaugurates a project in Western scholarship to bring 1 Enoch into theological discussion. It contains a number of essays delivered at meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Cheltenham, England, involving scholars from Ethiopia, Germany, the UK, and the USA. The papers cover topics such as the appropriate theological response to a text that is Scripture for only some Christians; the role of 1 Enoch in Ethiopian ecclesial and theological tradition; the theological potential of 1 Enoch in areas such as the environment, politics, social justice, Christology, persecution, the problem of evil and how 1 Enoch stimulates artistic expression today. The Blessing of Enoch aims to launch a wider discussion on 1 Enoch and contemporary theology.
801 Cf. Wright, “The Categories of Rich and Poor,” 108. 802 Matthews, Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful, 97. 803 Ibid., 95. 804 Matthews, Riches, Poverty, ...
Author: J. Harold Ellens
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
This collection presents innovative research by scholars from across the globe in celebration of Gabriele Boccaccini’s sixtieth birthday and to honor his contribution to the study of early Judaism and Christianity. In harmony with Boccaccini’s determination to promote the study of Second Temple Judaism in its own right, this volume includes studies on various issues raised in early Jewish apocalyptic literature (e.g., 1 Enoch, 2 Baruch, 4 Ezra), the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other early Jewish texts, from Tobit to Ben Sira to Philo and beyond. The volume also provides several investigations on early Christianity in intimate conversation with its Jewish sources, consistent with Boccaccini’s efforts to transcend confessional and disciplinary divisions by situating the origins of Christianity firmly within Second Temple Judaism. Finally, the volume includes essays that look at Jewish-Christian relations in the centuries following the Second Temple period, a harvest of Boccaccini’s labor to rethink the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in light of their shared yet contested heritage.
Author: Stuckenbruck, Loren T.Publish On: 2017-02-17
(89:58) 130 Mathews, Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful, pp. 211–215. 131 For a list of the texts and discussion, see Nickelsburg, 1 Enoch 1, pp.
Author: Stuckenbruck, Loren T.
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
The mythical story of fallen angels preserved in 1 Enoch and related literature was profoundly influential during the Second Temple period. In this volume renowned scholar Loren Stuckenbruck explores aspects of that influence and demonstrates how the myth was reused and adapted to address new religious and cultural contexts. Stuckenbruck considers a variety of themes, including demonology, giants, exorcism, petitionary prayer, the birth and activity of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the conversion of Gentiles, "apocalyptic" and the understanding of time, and more. He also offers a theological framework for the myth of fallen angels through which to reconsider several New Testament texts--the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John, Acts, Paul's letters, and the book of Revelation.
Author: Nicholas Rudolph QuientPublish On: 2019-12-06
a blessing: “he [the poor man] who has considered the command of Christ better than the treasures of the world.” Meekness and self-impoverishment are thus ...
Author: Nicholas Rudolph Quient
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
"Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." What does it mean to be perfect? Is entire sanctification possible in this life? Such words evoke worry and wonder in this time. In this introductory resource, pastor Nick Quient carefully explores the relevant questions surrounding Pauline theology and the journey toward perfect holiness in Christ. Addressing topics like sin, heaven, marriage, and the work of Jesus Christ in relation to sanctification, this book is a helpful resource for the church and for pastor-theologians who are seeking to live out the life of the Spirit.
as Poor Old John made Rich . not by doing but by believing . “ He that believeth
in the Son hath In one of the smallest of Irish everlasting life . ” “ John , ” said we ,
cabins , where poverty was written poverty was written “ believing in Jesus is ...
Hence he adds : “ For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ , that , though
he was rich , yet for your sakes he became poor , that ye through his poverty
might be rich . " Christ entered into the poverty of our side , that He might secure
for us ...
You will remember , girls , that this Thomas Cromwell had been the faithful and
devoted servant of Wolsey , and that after his master's death , he entered the
service of the King . Henry promoted him till at last he became Lord Chancellor .
you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Author: Kenneth Baxter Wolf
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Saint Francis of Assisi is arguably the most attractive saint ever produced by the Catholic Church. Based on a reconsideration of the earliest biographies of the saint, and Francis's own writings, this title sheds light on the inherent ironies of poverty as a spiritual discipline and its relationship to poverty as a socio-economic affliction.
Wealth can be a sign of God's blessing, even if it is not always related to an ... God must materially reward his faithful people in other nations or eras.
Author: CRAIG L BLOMBERG
Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press
One of the most difficult questions facing us 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 they take on behalf of the poor? What should they do with their own possessions? In Neither Poverty nor Riches Craig Blomberg asks what the Bible has to say to these issues. He avoids easy answers, and instead seeks 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 finally offers conclusions and applications relevant to the modern world. This is a book that all concerned with issues of poverty and wealth should read.