Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful Paperback

Perspectives on Wealth in the Second Temple Period and the Apocalypse of John

by Mark D. Mathews;

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Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful

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In the book of Revelation, John appeals to the faithful to avoid the temptations of wealth, which he connects with evil and disobedience within secular society. New Testament scholars have traditionally viewed his somewhat radical stance as a reaction to the social injustices and idolatry of the imperial Roman cults of the day. Mark D. Mathews argues that John's rejection of affluence was instead shaped by ideas in the Jewish literature of the Second Temple period which associated the rich with the wicked and viewed the poor as the righteous. Mathews explores how traditions preserved in the Epistle of Enoch and later Enochic texts played a formative role in shaping John's theological perspective. This book will be of interest to those researching poverty and wealth in early Christian communities and the relationship between the traditions preserved in the Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament.

Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful by Mark D. Mathews was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2015. The ISBN for Riches, Poverty, and the Faithful is 9781107567443.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (October 2015)
Number of Pages294
Thickness16 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4340644
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