“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread” (Proverbs 30:8). One of the most difficult questions facing Christians today is that of the proper attitude toward possessions. In wealthy nations such as Britain and the USA, individuals accumulate much and yet are daily exposed to the plight of the poor, whether the homeless on their own city streets or starving children on their TV screens. What action should we take on behalf of the poor? What should we do with our own possessions?
Craig Blomberg asks what the Bible has to say about these issues. Avoiding easy answers, he instead seeks a comprehensive Biblical theology of possessions. And so he begins with the groundwork laid by the Old Testament and the ideas developed in the intertestamental period, then draws out what the whole New Testament has to say on the subject, and finally offers conclusions and applications relevant to our contemporary world. This is one book that all should read who are concerned with issues of poverty and wealth.
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On a subject as sensitive as this one, it is extraordinarily rare to find balance and prophetic voice rolled up in one. In my view, this is now the best book on the entire subject.
—D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Craig L. Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He has written several books, including Interpreting the Parables, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Making Sense of the New Testament: Three Crucial Questions, Preaching the Parables, and commentaries on Matthew and 1 Corinthians.