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Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society (Holy Cross Studies In Patristic Theology And History Series)

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Wealth and poverty are issues of perennial importance in the life and thought of the church. This volume brings patristic thought to bear on these vital issues. The volume begins with explanations of poverty in the New Testament period, continues...


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Wealth and poverty are issues of perennial importance in the life and thought of the church. This volume brings patristic thought to bear on these vital issues. The volume begins with explanations of poverty in the New Testament period, continues with developments among Christians in Egypt and Asia Minor and in early Byzantium, and closes by connecting patristic theology with contemporary public policy and religious dialogue. Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society is the first volume to appear in Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History, a series that represents a deliberate outreach by the Orthodox community to evangelical, Protestant, and Catholic seminarians, pastors, and theologians. These multiauthor books include contributors from all traditions but focus on the patristic (especially Greek patristic) heritage. "This is a splendid book, a substantial contribution on a topic of perennial import for scholars of religion and theology. The essays collected here offer important reassessments of scholarship to date. They present fresh, vivid material and provide revised models through which to study, reflect upon, and respond to deprivation and surplus as realities in antiquity and in our own time. Practical, pragmatic considerations are interwoven with cultural, historical, and theological analyses. Excellent work throughout!"--Susan Ashbrook Harvey, professor of religious studies, Brown University
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Wealth and poverty are issues of perennial importance in the life and thought of the church. This volume brings patristic thought to bear on these vital issues. The contributors offer explanations of poverty in the New Testament period, explore developments among Christians in Egypt and Asia Minor and in early Byzantium, and connect patristic theology with contemporary public policy and religious dialogue. This volume inaugurates Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History, a partnership between Baker Academic and the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. The series is a deliberate outreach by the Orthodox community to Protestant and Catholic seminarians, pastors, and theologians. In these multiauthor books, contributors from all traditions focus on the patristic (especially Greek patristic) heritage. Series Editorial Board Robert J. Daly, SJ, Boston College Bruce N. Beck, The Stephen and
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"This is a splendid book, a substantial contribution on a topic of perennial import for scholars of religion and theology. The essays collected here offer important reassessments of scholarship to date. They present fresh, vivid material and provide revised models through which to study, reflect upon, and respond to deprivation and surplus as realities in antiquity and in our own time. Practical, pragmatic considerations are interwoven with cultural, historical, and theological analyses. Excellent work throughout!"--Susan Ashbrook Harvey, professor of religious studies, Brown University"The social obligations of the wealthy and the needs of the poor in the teachings and practices of early Christians are examined in these essays with rich insight, having much contemporary value. The authors remind us that for the patristic mind, virtue cannot be separated from piety and learning. To praise the living God as philanthrpos and to recall his saving actions require also a genuine love for human persons, especially the poor."--Thomas FitzGerald, dean and professor of church history and historical theology, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology"In this collection of essays, the reader will find insightful questions raised and conclusions made concerning the early Christian perspectives of need and surplus. It is refreshing to find careful attention paid to the kind of complexities that existed in the minds of those who wrote, directly or (mostly) indirectly, on these matters."--D. H. Williams, professor of religion in patristics and historical theology, Baylor University"This volume is a rarity: a collection of conference papers that is both coherent and consistently excellent. Ably edited by Susan R. Holman, these essays explore a wide variety of texts and topics from diverse methodological perspectives, but they never lose sight of the primary theme of the book: the problem of poverty and the appropriate Christian response to it. The outstanding contributors deftly balance theological and rhetorical analysis with attention to social and economic contexts. The result is an essential contribution to the historical reconstruction of early Christian moral traditions and their theological retrieval today."--David G. Hunter, Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies, The University of Kentucky
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 268681
  • Product Code 9780801035494
  • ISBN 080103549X
  • EAN 9780801035494
  • Pages 320
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Jun 2008
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 111mm
  • Weight 0.514kg

Susan R Holman

Susan R. Holman (PhD, Brown University) is the author of The Hungry are Dying: Beggars, Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia, a member of the board of the Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and the creator of PovertyStudies.org.

  • Foreword, By Either Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis, Or By Dean Thomas Fitzgerald<br>preface, Susan R. Holman<br>part One: The New Testament Period<br>1. Injustice Or God's Will? Early Christian Explanations Of Poverty--steven J. Friesen<br>2. &quot;be Not One Who Stretches Out Hands To Receive But Shuts Them When It Comes To Giving:&quot; Envisioning Christian Charity When Both Donors And Recipients Are Poor--denise Kimber Buell<br>3. James 2:2-7 In Early Christian Thought--g&ouml;rge Hasselhoff<br>4. Wealth, Poverty, And The Value Of The Person: Some Notes On The Hymn Of The Pearl And Its Early Christian Context--edward Moore<br>part Two: Egypt In Late Antiquity<br>5. Widening The Eye Of The Needle: Wealth And Poverty In The Works Of Clement Of Alexandria--annewies Van Den Hoek<br>6. Care For The Poor, Fear Of Poverty, And Love Of Money: Evagrius Ponticus On The Monk's Economic Vulnerability--david Brakke<br>7. Wine For Widows: Papyrological Evidence For Christian Charity In Late Antique Egypt--adam Serfass<br>8. Rich And Poor: Rhetorical Pairing In Sophronius Of Jerusalem's Miracles Of Ss. Cyrus And John--susan R. Holman<br>part Three: John Chrysostom, The Cappadocians, And Friends<br>9. This Sweetest Passage: Matthew 25:31&minus;46 And Assistance To The Poor In The Homilies Of John Chrysostom--rudolf Br&auml;ndle<br>10. Poverty And Generosity Towards The Poor In The Time Of John Chrysostom--wendy Mayer<br>11. Poverty And Wealth As Theater: John Chrysostom's Homilies On Lazarus And The Rich Man--francine Cardman<br>12. Wealthy And Impoverished Widows In The Writings Of St. John Chrysostom--efthalia Makris Walsh<br>13. The Background And The Nature Of Patristic Philanthropy In The Early Byzantine Era--demetrios J. Constantelos<br>part Four: Wealth, Trade, And Profit In Early Byzantium<br>14. Gilding The Lily: A Patristic Defense Of Liturgical Splendor--a. Edward Siecienski<br>15. Wealth, Stewardship And Charitable &quot;blessings&quot; In Early Byzantine Monasticism--daniel Caner<br>16. Trade, Profit, And Salvation In The Late Patristic And The Byzantine Period--angeliki E. Laiou<br>part Five: Patristic Studies For Today<br>17. St. Basil's Philanthropic Program And Modern Micro-lending Strategies For Economic Self-actualization--timothy Patitsas<br>18. The Use Of Patristic Socio-ethical Texts In Catholic Social Thought--brian Matz

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