A Spiritual Economy: Gift Exchange In The Letters Of Paul Of Tarsus

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

byThomas R. Blanton

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The exchange of gifts is a fundamental part of society and a foundational element in Greco-Roman religions. Combining theories of gift exchange, both modern and Greco-Roman, Thomas Blanton reveals how religious discourse—in the guise of “spiritual gifts” believed to come from Israel’s god—is instrumental in the formation of sociopolitical hierarchies and the assignment of honor and prestige. Blanton uses an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates religion, classics, sociology, and anthropology to investigate the economy of gift exchange shown in Paul’s letters.

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The exchange of gifts is a fundamental part of society and a foundational element in Greco-Roman religions. Combining theories of gift exchange, both modern and Greco-Roman, Thomas Blanton reveals how religious discourse—in the guise of “spiritual gifts” believed to come from Israel’s god—is instrumental in the formation of sociopoliti...

Thomas R. Blanton, IV, is auxiliary professor in New Testament studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He lives in Glendale, WI.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300220405

ISBN - 13:9780300220407

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“In this pioneering work, Blanton elevates the discussion of gift exchange in Pauline Christianity to a new level with its remarkable approach to ancient texts and cultural practices of the Greco-Roman world and use of modern theory.”— John T. Fitzgerald, University of Notre Dame