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There Shall Be No Poor Among You

Paperback|Sep 2004
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Hoppe opens his study of the biblical idea of the poor and poverty with the socioeconomic structures in ancient Israel and Roman Palestine, then proceeds systematically to examine the biblical evidence, including the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Apocrypha,...


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Hoppe opens his study of the biblical idea of the poor and poverty with the socioeconomic structures in ancient Israel and Roman Palestine, then proceeds systematically to examine the biblical evidence, including the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Apocrypha, and Rabbinic literature. In the Bible, poverty is sometimes a curse and sometimes a blessing. Poverty is portrayed in both physical and metaphorical terms. Hoppe describes the various ways the Bible deals with the poor and poverty, and his primary conclusion is that the Bible never idealizes the reality of material poverty and the oppression caused by the rich. Even when the Bible speaks of the "poverty of the spirit" as a positive religious metaphor, God requires humans to seek social justice. Just as poverty is not idealized in the Bible, the poor belong to the agenda of every community of faith. Ancient Israel, early Judaism, Jesus, and the first Christians did not forget the poor, and if believers today wish to be faithful to theirbiblical heritage, neither can they. This book provides the practical background for scholars and is a primer for a significant theological motif. It will be useful in the classroom (in college and seminary courses in biblical ethics and social justice), as well as serious Bible study. The book includes study questions and a reading list that will help readers and students further probe history, theology, and application.
-Publisher


There Shall Be No Poor Among You is a careful and comprehensive but not overly technical study of the biblical portrait of the poor and poverty. Hoppe introduces the study with the socioeconomic structures of ancient Israel and Roman Palestine, then proceeds systematically to examine the biblical evidence, including that of the Old Testament, New Testament, Apocrypha, and rabbinic literature.


The Bible describes the poor and poverty in a variety of ways. Sometimes poverty is a curse; other times it is a blessing. Sometimes the text is concerned about material poverty exclusively; other times poverty becomes a metaphor for another reality. Hoppe describes the various ways the Bible deals with the poor, but his fundamental conclusion is that the Bible never idealizes the reality of material poverty and the oppression of the poor by the rich. Even when the Bible speaks of poverty of the spirit as a positive religious metaphor, God requires humans to seek social justice.


Hoppe suggests that just as poverty is not idealized in the Bible, so the poor should be a priority of every community of faith. Ancient Israel, early Judaism, Jesus, and the first Christians did not forget the poor, and if believers today wish to be faithful to their biblical heritage, neither can they.


This book provides a practical background for scholars and is a primer for a significant theological motif. It will be useful in the classroom (in college and seminary courses in biblical ethics and social justice), as well as in serious Bible study. Study questions will help readers and students further probe history, theology, and application.


-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 224303
  • Product Code 0687000599
  • EAN 9780687000593
  • Pages 200
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date Sep 2004
  • Dimensions 228 x 149 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.298kg

Leslie Hoppe

Hoppe is professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He as experience in field archaeology in Israel and has been the academic director of CTU's Israel Study Program.

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