There Shall Be No Poor Among You Paperback
Poverty in the Bible
by Leslie Hoppe;
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There Shall Be No Poor Among You
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The Bible describes the poor and poverty in a variety of ways. Sometimes poverty is a curse; other times it is a blessing. Sometimes the text is concerned about material poverty exclusively; other times poverty becomes a metaphor for another reality. Hoppe describes the various ways the Bible deals with the poor, but his fundamental conclusion is that the Bible never idealizes the reality of material poverty and the oppression of the poor by the rich. Even when the Bible speaks of “poverty of the spirit” as a positive religious metaphor, God requires humans to seek social justice.
Hoppe suggests that just as poverty is not idealized in the Bible, so the poor should be a priority of every community of faith. Ancient Israel, early Judaism, Jesus, and the first Christians did not forget the poor, and if believers today wish to be faithful to their biblical heritage, neither can they.
This book provides a practical background for scholars and is a primer for a significant theological motif. It will be useful in the classroom (in college and seminary courses in biblical ethics and social justice), as well as in serious Bible study. Study questions will help readers and students further probe history, theology, and application.
There Shall Be No Poor Among You by Leslie Hoppe was published by Abingdon Press in October 2004 and is our 33161st best seller. The ISBN for There Shall Be No Poor Among You is 9780687000593.
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|Page last updated||18th September 2016|
|Author / Artist||Leslie Hoppe|
|Publisher||Abingdon Press (October 2004)|
|Number of Pages||198|