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Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World

, 2010
ISBN: 9780802863737
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Many scholars engaged in exploring the economic dimensions of early Christianity simply don’t bother with Paul, mistakenly believing that he had little regard for the poor and that his theological deliberations therefore have little relevance to studies of wealth and poverty in the Greco-Roman world. In Remember the Poor, Bruce Longenecker counters this view, arguing persuasively that care for the impoverished was integral to Paul’s teaching and standard practice in the Jesus-groups that he founded.

Longenecker sets out a robust “economy scale” for urban Greco-Roman society, using his in-depth analysis of poverty in the first century as the backdrop for a compelling presentation which integrates economics, history, exegesis, and theology. Questioning a number of established interpretive paradigms, Longenecker offers a fresh vision in which Paul’s convictions regarding care for the poor are shown to be historically significant and theologically challenging.

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  • Argues that care for the poor was integral to Paul’s teaching
  • Focuses on an in-depth analysis of poverty in the first century
  • Discusses wealth and poverty in the Greco-Roman world
  • “I am not ashamed of the gospel” Paul’s Alleged Disregard for the Poor
  • “You have dishonored the poor man” Advanced Agrarianism and Elite Acquisitiveness
  • “The least of these” Scaling Poverty in the Greco-Roman World
  • “When did we see you hungry?” Charitable Initiatives in the Greco-Roman World
  • “Good news to the poor” Judeo-Christian Theological Traditions
  • “Do good to all” Care for the Poor in Paul’s Communities
  • “Remember the poor” Interpretive Paradigms in Conflict
  • “They added nothing” The Poor in the Mission of the Early Jesus-movement
  • “Fulfill the law of Christ” The Poor in the Rhetoric of Galatians
  • “Not many of you were of noble birth” Economic Profiles within Paul’s Communities
  • “You would have plucked out your eyes” The Economic Attractions of Paul’s Communities
  • “There were none in need” Care for the Poor in Paul’s Theology
  • “Content with whatever I have” The Poor in the Life of Paul

Top Highlights

“was convinced that the secret of the unity of believers lay in a steady circulation of goods among ‘the brethren” (Page 6)

“an extremely ‘bleak material existence … was the lot of more than 99% of the inhabitants of the Empire” (Page 41)

“This binary model reflects the rhetorical differentiation that is common in Greco-Roman literature,” (Page 40)

“precisely the context in which Jesus-groups founded by Paul were rooted” (Page 44)

“but neither was it supplemental or peripheral to that good news.” (Page 1)

This important book reveals an economic dimension of Paul’s gospel that has only rarely been identified and never expounded so fully and convincingly. It also builds up a realistic picture of the way that care for the poor was embodied in the life of the communities Paul founded. Longenecker’s well-informed and careful arguments deserve wide attention.

Richard Bauckham, professor of New Testament studies, St. Mary’s College

  • Title: Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World
  • Author: Bruce W. Longenecker
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2010
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 400
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Church work with the poor; Poverty › Religious aspects--Christianity; Poverty › Biblical teaching; Church history › Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600; Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9780802863737, 0802863736
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:40:56Z

Bruce W. Longenecker is a graduate professor of Religion and the W. W. Melton Chair in the Department of Religion at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of numerous books includingThe Lost Letters of PergamumPaul, Luke, and the Graeco-Roman WorldNarrative Dynamics in PaulThe Triumph of Abraham’s God2 Esdras, and Eschatology and the Covenant.


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