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Rich Man, Poor Man—and the Bible
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Rich Man, Poor Man—and the Bible


SCM Press 1979

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American Christians often see ambition, prosperity, and security the rewards of godliness, and poverty as merely a product of laziness and poor money management. Conrad Boerma shows how the Bible does not support this view, combing through Genesis to Revelation to show the Bible’s attitude toward poverty. He argues that the Bible always challenges society’s attitude toward poverty—clearly linking it to social structures.

According to Boerma, God identifies with the poor through Jesus, who was indifferent toward possession and renounced a middle-class upbringing. He calls on churches to be the prototype for sharing, loving, and compassionate communities of men and women equal in the sight of God.

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Key Features

  • Examines the entire Bible’s attitude toward poverty
  • Argues that the Bible links poverty primarily to social structures
  • Calls on churches to be prototypical sharing, loving, and compassionate communities


  • The Bible: A Strategy for Change
  • Rich and Poor: Social Developments in the Bible
  • The Fight against Poverty
  • Poverty and Social Structures: The Demand for Righteousness
  • Poverty and the People of God: Solidarity
  • Poverty and the Poor Man’s Self-reliance: Spirituality
  • Can Even the Rich Be Saved?

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About Conrad Boerma

Conrad Boerma is a Dutch Reformed pastor in Huizen, North Holland.

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