Jesus and Money
In the sobering wake of the current global recession, many Christians realize they need to rethink their approach to money: Widespread unemployment Record home foreclosures A vulnerable stock market Government bailouts. Here respected New Testament...
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In the sobering wake of the current global recession, many Christians realize they need to rethink their approach to money:
Record home foreclosures
A vulnerable stock market
Here respected New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III explores what the Bible does--and doesn't--say about money. He clearly and concisely examines what Jesus and his earliest followers taught about wealth and poverty, money and debt, and tithing and sacrificial giving to help readers understand the proper role of money in modern Christian life.
Along the way, he critiques the faith promise and health-and-wealth approaches to these issues, showing what good stewardship of God's possessions really looks like.
Church study groups, pastors, church leaders, students, and all who are concerned about making sense of money in a world of economic uncertainty will value this book.
"In Jesus and Money, Ben Witherington has done something that is not nearly as easy as it looks: he has presented a clear, accessible, and carefully balanced Christian view of wealth. He draws from a range of scholars of different theological stripes, embracing necessary complexities while ruling out popular views that are simply untenable. This will be of help to any church group that wants to take an honest look at what the Bible teaches us about money."--Sondra Ely Wheeler, Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary"This book is like a theological cagematch--Jesus and Mammon go head to head. Witherington offers a smart, witty, bold corrective to the prosperity gospel. Rooted in Scripture and church history, Jesus and Money will help us all navigate the narrow way to life, regardless of whether Wall Street flounders or flourishes. After all, as Ben reminds us, God's dream looks pretty different from Wall Street's dream."--Shane Claiborne, author, activist, recovering sinner, www.thesimpleway.org"This timely book blends Witherington's exegetical skill and his pastoral concern to address a very relevant issue. His interpretations of various passages reveal the complexity of issues involved in interpreting and applying texts about money that many take for granted. While this work is a welcome retort to the Scripture-twisting of prosperity preachers, it will also challenge many who have been living large without sustained theological reflection on their lifestyle."--Craig Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Seminary"Urgently needed. Solidly biblical. Readable, clear, and provocative. American Christians desperately need to read and heed this book."--Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action; author, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger[The following endorsement from Blomberg must be used in its entirety]"Everything Ben Witherington publishes is worth reading, and some of his publications are essential reading. This is one of the essential books, especially for North American Christians who are enslaved to material possessions in ways they often don't even realize. Like my own book on the topic, which Witherington follows closely, the Scriptures are surveyed in detail primarily for how individual believers should handle their possessions rather than for how we should approach systemic injustice. But for a comparatively small book, what it tackles it handles superbly."--Craig Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham, England) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity (Cambridge University Press); Jesus the Sage (Fortress Press); The Jesus Quest (InterVarsity Press) and The Paul Quest (InterVarsity Press). With Hershel Shanks he is coauthor of The Brother of Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), a book on the controversial James ossuary. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul--The Word and the Witness.
Dr Witherington has written a commentary on every book of the New Testament in a wide variety of series.
- Prequel: Reconsidering The Value Of Money In Hard Times<br>1. "in The Beginning God Created . . ." Getting Our Bearings<br>2. A King's Ransom: Proverbial Wisdom On Wealth<br>3. Money In The Bartering World Of Jesus<br>4. Jesus And The Treasure Hunt<br>5. James's Rich Wisdom<br>6. Luke On Poverty And Wealth<br>7. Paul On Work, Remuneration, And The Love Of Money<br>8. John Of Patmos And The News Flash For The Merchants And Mr. 666 <br>9. Toward A New Testament Theology Of Stewardship, Money, And Giving<br>10. How To Deprogram Ourselves From A Lifestyle Of Conspicuous Consumption And Self-gratification<br>appendix 1: Ten Christian Myths About Money<br>appendix 2: John Wesley's Sermon "on The Use Of Money"