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Tight Fists or Open Hands?: Wealth and Poverty in Old Testament Law
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Tight Fists or Open Hands?: Wealth and Poverty in Old Testament Law


Eerdmans 2009

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The heart of this book is a study of all the biblical laws concerned with wealth and poverty. Baker groups these laws together by topic, considering the similarities and differences between the Decalogue, Book of the Covenant, Holiness Code, and Deuteronomic laws. He then places these in the context of ancient Near Eastern law in order to make clear which attitudes are distinctly biblical and which are held in common with other civilized peoples.

Each section includes an extended conclusion that summarizes the main ideas, considers relationships with other biblical texts, and points to the significance of the laws for today’s world. Such thorough exegesis and modern application make this book relevant to pastors, scholars, and students in a variety of courses.

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Explore more of the theology and culture of the Old Testament with the Eerdmans Old Testament Studies Collection.

Key Features

  • Examines biblical laws regarding wealth and poverty
  • Compares biblical law with ancient near eastern laws
  • Identifies the relevance of biblical law to today’s world

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About David L. Baker

David L. Baker is senior lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity Theological College in Perth, Western Australia. He is the author of Two Testaments, One Bible and several works in Indonesian.