Greed as Idolatry Paperback

The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor

by Brian S. Rosner;

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Greed as Idolatry

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What are the origin and meaning of the words “greed is idolatry” found in Ephesians 5:5 and Colossians 3:5? In what sense are the greedy guilty of idolatry? Many different answers have been given to this question throughout the history of interpretation. In fact, a consensus exists on only one score — that the expression serves to vilify greed.

Brian Rosner ably takes on the challenge of interpretation by tackling the phrase as a metaphor, structuring his argument around an intriguing comparison to mountain climbing. From this vantage point, he offers a thorough history of interpretation of the phrase, including a study of the origin of the concept of idolatrous greed in biblical and Jewish sources. Rosner concludes that the comparison of greed with idolatry teaches that to desire to acquire and keep for oneself more money and material things is an attack on God’s exclusive right to human love, trust, and obedience.

With this work comes a stunning, fresh understanding of familiar terms — “greed,” “idolatry,” and even “God” — challenging both the church as a whole and individual believers to consider the far-ranging implications of our materialistic world. The first full-length study of this intriguing Pauline expression, Greed as Idolatry has profound implications for theological ethics today

Greed as Idolatry by Brian S. Rosner was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in September 2007 and is our 54990th best seller. The ISBN for Greed as Idolatry is 9780802833747.

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Details for Greed as Idolatry

Page last updated 24th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (September 2007)
Number of Pages208
Thickness16 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1159263
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