New Testament expert Ben Witherington III explores what the Bible does , and doesnt , 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.
At a time when money issues at the forefront of many peoples concerns, this is a book for church study groups, ministers, church leaders, students, and all who are concerned about making sense of money in a world of economic uncertainty.
Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best Biblical Studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books include We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.
In this comprehensive review of statements in the Bible about economics, wealth and poverty, New Testament scholar and author Witherington (The Brother of Jesus) analyzes canonical texts and their contemporary applications for Christians. Aiming to help the faithful avoid perils of selective misuse of scripture (the sin of prosperity preachers who focus on the Jabez prayer and isolated wealth proverbs), Witherington uses a creation theology lens: all things ultimately belong to God. While acknowledging the wisdom of Old Testament guidance, the author urges a New Testament theology of stewardship and giving, which calls Christians, guided by the Lords Prayer, beyond tithing to sacrificial giving. From unpacking perplexing gospel stories like the dishonest steward to offering concrete advice on how to separate from a culture of conspicuous consumption (discerning between necessities and luxuries and practicing debt forgiveness are among the practices he advocates), this cogent, accessible scholarly analysis contributes to the current economic conversation and urgently calls people of faith to review and reform their role as Gods stewards. Appendixes include popular Christian myths about money, and a powerful and apt 18th-century sermon on money by John Wesley.
- Publishers Weekly