Products>Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

Format: Digital
, 1999
ISBN: 9780830826070 ratings

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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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Key Features

  • Contains scholarly and accessible volumes written by well-respected Biblical scholars
  • Includes notes that interact with the best of recent research and significant literature
  • 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

Praise for the Print Edition

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

Product Details

  • Title: Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions
  • Author: Craig L. Blomberg
  • Editor: D.A. Carson
  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (NSBT)
  • Publisher: IVP UK
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 300
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Biblical Theology

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About Craig L. Blomberg

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.

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