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Covenant Economics

Paperback|Jun 2009
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How might the economic principles of the biblical Covenant apply to United States society, which was founded on Covenantal ideals? How might principles of Israel's Covenant, designed for a simple agricultural society, be applied to an extremely complex economy dominated...


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How might the economic principles of the biblical Covenant apply to United States society, which was founded on Covenantal ideals? How might principles of Israel's Covenant, designed for a simple agricultural society, be applied to an extremely complex economy dominated by interrelated transnational corporations? Is it possible that churches, synagogues, mosques, and other communities deeply rooted in the Bible could find in the biblical Covenant the basis for insisting that people's economic rights be protected? The United States' Declaration of Independence was strongly Covenantal in substance. The adamant assertion that all people are 'endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,' is a restatement of the most fundamental assumption of Israel's Covenant with God. Might American civil society rediscover in the Covenant the basis for insisting that its government take steps to protect people's economic rights? The Bible might seem like the last place one would look for information and guidance on economics, but in fact the Bible deals with all aspects of life'indivisibly. In the last generation biblical scholars broadened the usual focus on religious issues with more attention to the social world of biblical texts. Much less attention was given to economic issues reflected in the Bible, and biblical scholars did not make the limited amount of research on economic issues in the Bible generally accessible to educated readers, clergy and lay. Horsley's book does just that, allowing pastors, students, and interested laity to understand the economics of the Bible and its clarion call for economic justice for all, an issue that is sure to resonate during today's trying economic times. Questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading are included in this volume'a work that will spark lively conversation.
-Publisher


The Bible might seem like the last place one would look for information and guidance on economics, but in fact the Bible deals with all aspects of life. Richard Horsley'sCovenant Economicsexplores economic issues in the Bible, offering pastors, students, and laity a clearer understanding of the Bible's clarion call for economic justice for all--an issue that is sure to resonate during today's trying economic times.


Questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading are included in this volume--a work that will spark lively conversation.


-Publisher

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Richard A Horsley

Richard A. Horsley, is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of numerous books, including The Message and the Kingdom: How Jesus and Paul Ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World; Jesus and the Spiral of Violence; Jesus and the Empire; Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History; Wisdom and Spiritual Transcendence at Corinth and 1 Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentary).
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