Paul and Money: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Apostle's Teachings and Practices by Verlyn VerbruggePaul and Money: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Apostle's Teachings and Practices by Verlyn Verbrugge

Paul and Money: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Apostle's Teachings and Practices

byVerlyn Verbrugge, Keith R. Krell

Paperback | June 23, 2015

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The apostle Paul, one of the most prominent figures in the early Jesus movement, had a lot to say about money. His letters deal with real people as they lived their Christian lives in the Greco-Roman world. He finds it necessary to address “those who are rich in this present world” (1 Tim 6:17). But he also has to address those do not want to work, for whatever reason, and are “idle and disruptive” (2 Thess 3:6). Moreover, whereas most churches today have a certain socio-economic homogeneity, some of Paul’s churches had a combination of upper class wealthy people and lower class slaves worshiping side-by-side, and it inevitably created friction (esp. 1 Cor 11:17–34).

During the past twenty years a significant amount of research has been done on class-consciousness in the Greco-Roman world and on the significance of Paul’s fund-raising venture “for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem”—“the collection”—for his ministry. Relying on the surprising results of current Pauline scholarship and a careful exegesis of a variety of New Testament texts, this book offers a thorough investigation of the apostle Paul’s sayings and dealings with money.

Verlyn D. Verbrugge (PhD, University of Notre Dame) served as senior editor-at-large for biblical and theological resources at Zondervan until his death in 2015. He published a number of articles and was general editor of the acclaimed New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Abridged Edition. He is the author of several...
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Title:Paul and Money: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Apostle's Teachings and PracticesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310518334

ISBN - 13:9780310518334

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: Meeting One's Personal Needs: Paul the Missionary and Financial Support1. Earning a Living from the Gospel2. Paul's Reluctance to Accept Money3. Paul and Patronage in the Greco-Roman WorldPart 2: Paul's Fund-Raising Ventures4. Concern for the Poor and Paul's First Project5. The Collection and Its Meaning for Paul6. Fund-Raising for the Collection and Its Obstacles7. Motivating Believers to Give for the Collection8. The Success of the Collection and Its AftermathPart 3: Paul's Other Dealings with Financial Issues9. The Thessalonians Freeloaders10. The Corinthian Rich and Poor11. The Message to the Rich in the World12. Taxes, Debt, and Ongoing Care for the DisenfranchisedConclusion