Jesus and Money: A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis

Brazos Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781441207821
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Widespread unemployment. Record home foreclosures. A vulnerable stock market. Government bailouts. In the wake of a sobering global recession, many Christians realize they need to rethink their approach to money. Here respected New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III explores what the Bible does--and doesn't--say about money. He clearly and concisely examines what Jesus and his earliest followers taught about wealth and poverty, money and debt, and tithing and sacrificial giving to help readers understand the proper role of money in modern Christian life. Along the way, he critiques the faith promise and health-and-wealth approaches to these issues, showing what good stewardship of God's possessions really looks like. Church study groups, pastors, church leaders, students, and all who are concerned about making sense of money in a world of economic uncertainty will value this book.

From the Back Cover

In the wake of a sobering global recession, many Christians realize they need to rethink their approach to money. Here respected New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III explores what the Bible does--and doesn't--say about money. He clearly and concisely examines what Jesus and his earliest followers taught about wealth and poverty, money and debt, and tithing and sacrificial giving to help readers understand the proper role of money in modern Christian life. Along the way, he critiques the faith promise and health-and-wealth approaches to these issues, showing what good stewardship of God's possessions truly looks like. Everyone concerned about making sense of money in a world of economic uncertainty will value this book.

"This book is like a theological cagematch--Jesus and Mammon go head to head. Witherington offers a smart, witty, bold corrective to the prosperity gospel. Rooted in Scripture and church history, Jesus and Money will help us all navigate the narrow way to life, regardless of whether Wall Street flounders or flourishes. After all, as Ben reminds us, God's dream looks pretty different from Wall Street's dream."--Shane Claiborne, author, activist, recovering sinner, www.thesimpleway.org

"Urgently needed. Solidly biblical. Readable, clear, and provocative. American Christians desperately need to read and heed this book."--Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action; author, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

Contents

Prequel: Reconsidering the Value of Money in Hard Times
1. "In the Beginning God Created . . ." Getting Our Bearings
2. A King's Ransom: Proverbial Wisdom on Wealth
3. Money in the Bartering World of Jesus
4. Jesus and the Treasure Hunt
5. James's Rich Wisdom
6. Luke on Poverty and Wealth
7. Paul on Work, Remuneration, and the Love of Money
8. John of Patmos and the News Flash for the Merchants and Mr. 666
9. Toward a New Testament Theology of Stewardship, Money, and Giving
10. How to Deprogram Ourselves from a Lifestyle of Conspicuous Consumption and Self-Gratification
Appendix 1: Ten Christian Myths about Money
Appendix 2: John Wesley's Sermon "On the Use of Money"

Product Details

  • Title : Jesus and Money: A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis
  • Author: Witherington, Ben III
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • ISBN: 9781441207821

About the Author

Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Jean R. 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 or coauthor of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Quest, The Paul Quest, and The New York Times bestseller The Brother of Jesus. He is a frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com and has appeared on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN.

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