Greed as Idolatry
This challenging book is the first full-length study of Paul's equation of greed with idolatry. Australian Bible scholar Brian Rosner challenges commonly held assumptions about the meanings of "greed" and "idolatry", and considers the far-ranging implications of Paul's message for...
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This challenging book is the first full-length study of Paul's equation of greed with idolatry. Australian Bible scholar Brian Rosner challenges commonly held assumptions about the meanings of "greed" and "idolatry", and considers the far-ranging implications of Paul's message for our materialistic culture.
What are the origin and meaning of the words ???greed is idolatry??? found in Ephesians 5: 5 and Colossians 3: 5? In what sense are the greedy guilty of idolatry? Many different answers have been given to this question throughout the history of interpretation. In fact, a consensus exists on only one score ? that the expression serves to vilify greed. ^Brian Rosner ably takes on the challenge of interpretation by tackling the phrase as a metaphor, structuring his argument around an intriguing comparison to mountain climbing. From this vantage point, he offers a thorough history of interpretation of the phrase, including a study of the origin of the concept of idolatrous greed in biblical and Jewish sources. Rosner concludes that the comparison of greed with idolatry teaches that to desire to acquire and keep for oneself more money and material things is an attack on God??'s exclusive right to human love, trust, and obedience. ^With this work comes a stunning, fresh understanding of
"With this work comes a fresh understanding of familiar terms - "greed," "idolatry," and even "God" - challenging both the church as a whole and individual believers to consider the far-ranging implications of our materialistic world. The first full-length study of this intriguing Pauline expression, Greed as Idolatry has profound implications for theological ethics today."--BOOK JACKET.
Brian S. Rosner (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Australia. Previously he was senior lecturer in New Testament and ethics at Moore Theological College.
He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Paul, Scripture and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7. ( Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums 22. E.J. Brill, 1994.); How to get really Rich: A Sharp Look at the Religion of Greed. (Leicester: IVP, 1999.);Beyond Greed. (Matthias Press, 2004.); Greed is Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor (Eerdmans, 2006), and 1 Corinthians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) with Roy Ciampa.
Most recently he has edited The Consolations of Theology and Exploring Exodus: Literary, theological and contemporary approaches
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