Charity Paperback

The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition

by Gary A. Anderson;

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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 theatres 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.

Charity by Gary A. Anderson was published by Yale University Press in January 2015. The ISBN for Charity is 9780300198836.

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Details for Charity

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherYale University Press (January 2015)
Number of Pages232
Thickness15 mm
Height229 mm
Width146 mm
Product Code4292924
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