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Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions (New Studies in Biblical Theology, vol. 7 | NSBT)

, 1999
ISBN: 9780830826070


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“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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  • Engages the immense challenges facing today’s church
  • Offers new insights and challenges established positions
  • Encourages Christians to better understand their Bibles through biblical theology
  • The Old Testament and Material Possessions: The Historical Books
  • The Old Testament: Wisdom and Prophetic Literature
  • Additional Historical Background: Between the Testaments
  • The Teaching of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels
  • Earliest Christianity
  • The Life and Teaching of Paul
  • The Rest of the New Testament
  • Summary, Conclusions, and Applications
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

  • Title: Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Material Possessions
  • Author: Craig Blomberg
  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology
  • Volume: 7
  • Publishers: IVP, Apollos
  • Print Publication Date: 1999
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Christian stewardship › Biblical teaching; Wealth › Religious aspects--Christianity--Biblical teaching
  • ISBNs: 9780830826070, 9780851115160
  • Resource ID: LLS:NSBT07
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T15:54:57Z

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Craig Blomberg

Craig Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has been teaching since 1986. Blomberg earned degrees from Augustana College, Trinity Divinity School, and Aberdeen University in Scotland. He previously taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and spent one year in Cambridge as a research fellow with Tyndale House. He has been on translation committees for the New Living Translation, English Standard Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Bloomberg is the author, coauthor, or co-editor of numerous books and more than 80 articles in journals or multi-author works. A recurring topic of interest in his writings is the historical reliability of the Scriptures, and he has also covered such diverse issues as wealth and poverty, hermeneutics, and women in ministry. His books include Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, 2nd ed., Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: James, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and The NIV Application Commentary: 1 Corinthians.


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  1. Randy



    --Basically concludes with the title if the book, that we should seek neither poverty nor riches. There is a strong emphasis throughout, that we should use our resources to help those in need-- especially believers. The introduction has a bewildering amount of data, statistics, and political considerations. I'd recommend skipping over that. Otherwise it's pretty solid and Biblical.

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