Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition

Gary A. Anderson

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Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition

Charity The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition A leading biblical scholar places charity back at the heart of the Judeo Christian tradition arguing for its biblical roots It has long been acknowledged that Jews and Christians distinguished themse

  • Title: Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition
  • Author: Gary A. Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780300181333
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A leading biblical scholar places charity back at the heart of the Judeo Christian tradition, arguing for its biblical roots It has long been acknowledged that Jews and Christians distinguished themselves through charity to the poor Though ancient Greeks and Romans were also generous, they funded theaters and baths rather than poorhouses and orphanages How might we explaA leading biblical scholar places charity back at the heart of the Judeo Christian tradition, arguing for its biblical roots It has long been acknowledged that Jews and Christians distinguished themselves through charity to the poor Though ancient Greeks and Romans were also generous, they funded theaters and baths rather than poorhouses and orphanages How might we explain this difference In this significant reappraisal of charity in the biblical tradition, Gary Anderson argues that the poor constituted the privileged place where Jews and Christians met God Though concerns for social justice were not unknown to early Jews and Christians, the poor achieved the importance they did primarily because they were thought to be living altars, a place to make a sacrifice, a loan to God that he, as the ultimate guarantor, could be trusted to repay in turn Contrary to the assertions of Reformation and modern critiques, belief in a heavenly treasury was not just about self interest Sifting through biblical and postbiblical texts, Anderson shows how charity affirms the goodness of the created order the world was created through charity and therefore rewards it.

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    One thought on “Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition

    1. Wilson on said:

      Amazing! Radically shifted my thinking about the biblical witness of the poor, Christology in almsgiving, and spurned some further reflections on the place of solidarity in the context of building up treasure in heaven. Highly recommend.

    2. Faith on said:

      This books is not really what I expected, but an interesting read. The author, a Catholic scholar at Notre Dame, writes about the early church and Judaism during the same period and why gifts of money to the poor were so important. He focuses on the idea of a treasury in heaven that we will with good deeds that can act as a memorial of our righteousness before God and also encourage God to forgive us and answer our prayers. While this is an interesting idea, he focuses on it to the exclusion of [...]

    3. Calvin Sun on said:

      An enlightening read that further substantiate charity and almsgiving in the biblical tradition. For a generation where charity and goodwill are trendy, Anderson grounds this command through canonical and non-canonical books. Meticulous and unbiased it require its readers to consider carefully through his concepts while he weave them through the word of God. A truly rewarding and worthwhile study!

    4. Gary Paulson on said:

      The 2014 Christianity Today Book Awards: 2nd Biblical Studies christianitytoday/ct/2

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