Wednesday 20 September 2017

Southwestern Journal of Theology 59, 2 (2017) on Faith, Work, and Economics

The latest volume of the Southwestern Journal of Theology contains the below essays on the theme of ‘Faith, Work, and Economics’. Here’s an excerpt from the opening editorial:

‘[M]any Christians find themselves thinking of faith as a weekend endeavor and not something applicable to the whole of life. This is understandable if one thinks of the Christian life as existing only when one is gathered for religious events. The remaining time of the week must be for something else – something other than religion. However, if one considers Christianity as a whole-life faith endeavor, more than Sunday is in mind. Christianity then becomes something that is an everyday occurrence. If this is the case then work – what most people spend their time doing – must be a part of that lived-out faith. This raises the question, does the Bible actually speak to this concept of whole-life Christianity? The answer to that question is a resounding yes and the articles that follow are engaged with the broader question of what does the Bible say about faith, work, and economics.’

David W. Baker
Are Business People the Bad Guys? Person and Property in the Pentateuch

John S. Bergsma
The Year of Jubilee and the Ancient Israelite Economy

Eric Mitchell
Limited Government and Taxation in the Old Testament

Edd S. Noell
Land Grabs, Unjust Exchange, and Bribes: Economic Opportunism and the Rights of the Poor in Ancient Israel

John Taylor
Labor of Love: The Theology of Work in First and Second Thessalonians

Thomas W. Davis
The Business Secrets of Paul of Tarsus

The entire issue is available as a pdf here.

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