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Poverty in the Early Church and Today

A Conversation

Poverty in the Early Church and Today

A Conversation

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567695505
Number of Pages: 264
Published: 23/07/2020
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
This book is open access and available on www.bloomsburycollections.com. It is funded by Knowledge Unlatched. This innovative volume focuses on the significance of early Christianity for modern means of addressing poverty, by offering a rigorous study of deprivation and its alleviation in both earliest Christianity and today's world. The contributors seek to present the complex ways in which early Christian ideas and practices relate to modern ideas and practices, and vice versa. In this light, the book covers seven major areas of poverty and its causes, benefaction, patronage, donation, wealth and dehumanization, 'the undeserving poor', and responsibility. Each area features an expert in early Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco-Roman settings, paired with an expert in modern strategies for addressing poverty and benefaction; each author engages with the same topic from their respective area of expertise, and responds to their partner's essay. Giving careful attention toboth the continuities and discontinuities between the ancient world and today, the contributors seek to inform and engage church leaders, those working in NGOs concerned with poverty, and all interested in these crucial issues, both Christian and not.

Dr Steve Walton (Trinity College, Bristol, UK), Dr Hannah Swithinbank (Tearfund, UK)

Steve Walton is Associate Research Fellow at Trinity College, Bristol, UK, and was formerly Professor in New Testament at St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK. Hannah Swithinbank leads the Theology and Network Engagement Team at Tearfund, UK.

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