Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor
Most Christians spend most of their waking hours working, yet many regard work as at best a necessary evil - just one more unfortunate by-product of humanity's fall from grace. ^^Not so, says Ben Witherington III, and in Work:...
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Most Christians spend most of their waking hours working, yet many regard work as at best a necessary evil - just one more unfortunate by-product of humanity's fall from grace.
^^Not so, says Ben Witherington III, and in Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor, he considers work as neither the curse nor the cure of human life but, rather, as something good that God has given us to do.
^^In this brief primer on the biblical theology and ethics of work, Witherington carefully unpacks the concept of work, considering its relationship to rest, play, worship, the normal cycle of human life, and the coming Kingdom of God.^
^Work as calling, work as ministry, work as a way to make a living, and the notably unbiblical notion of retirement - Witherington's Work engages these subjects and more, combining scholarly acumen with good humor, common sense, cultural awareness, and biblically based insights from Genesis to Revelation.^^
Ben Witherington III is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. His many books include We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship and socio-rhetorical commentaries on several New Testament books. He writes a blog at beliefnet.com and can also be found on the web at benwitherington.com.
In this brief primer Ben Witherington unpacks the way the Bible presents work as neither the curse nor the cure of human life but, rather, as something good that God has given to us to do.
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.