Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

A Bibliography on Economics and Christian Ethics,Pt. 1: Biblical Studies

Blomberg, Craig L. Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions. InterVarsity Press, 2001. Written by a conservative evangelical New Testament scholar who teaches at Denver Seminary, this work is a little weak on structural causes of poverty and structural solutions. However, on the personal dimensions, this is a brilliant resource. The biblical texts are widely surveyed, read closely and carefully, and applied to contemporary contexts.

Harris, Maria. Proclaim Jubilee! Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996.

Johnson, Luke T. Sharing Possessions: Mandate and Symbol of Faith. Fortress Press, 1981.

Myers, Ched. The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics. Tell the Word, 2001. Myers is one of those rare creatures: a brilliant biblical scholar who regularly teaches in both seminaries and churches, and a practical organizer who is part of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries ( www.bcm-net.org ) and the Sabbath Economics Collaborative (www.sabbatheconomics.org ).

Ringe, Sharon D. Jesus, Justice, and the Biblical Jubilee. Fortress Press, 1985.

Sider, Ronald J. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. 20th Anniversary Edition. Word Publishing Co., 1997. Originally published by InterVarsity Press, 1977. This was a groundbreaking work by an evangelical theologian when it first appeared. It is still one of the first places I tell people to go to help understand the biblical perspective on wealth, poverty, and economic justice.

Sider, Ronald J. Ronald J., ed. Cry Justice!: The Bible Speaks on Hunger and Poverty. InterVarsity Press and Paulist Press, 1980. Here, Sider simply collects every biblical text he can find on the subject and quotes them, without commentary.

Wheeler, Sondra Ely. Wealth as Peril and Obligation: The New Testament on Possessions. Eerdmans, 1995. Trained in both biblical studies and ethical methodology, Wheeler pays careful attention to questions of how we interpret Scripture in its original contexts and how we properly use Scripture in arguing for contemporary moral positions.


August 3, 2006 - Posted by | Biblical exegesis, books, discipleship, economic justice, ethics

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