Theories of Poverty in the World of the New Testament 978-3-16-154400-2 - Mohr Siebeck

David J. Armitage

Theories of Poverty in the World of the New Testament

[Gedanken zur Armut in der Welt des Neuen Testaments.]

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How was poverty interpreted in the New Testament? David J. Armitage explores key ways in which poverty was understood in the Greco-Roman and Jewish milieux of the New Testament, and considers how approaches to poverty found in the texts of the New Testament itself relate to these wider contexts.
David J. Armitage explores interpretations of poverty in the Greco-Roman and Jewish contexts of the New Testament, and, in the light of this, considers how approaches to poverty in the New Testament texts may be regarded as distinctive. Explanations for the plight of the poor and supposed solutions to the problem of poverty are discussed, noting the importance in Greco-Roman settings of questions about poverty's relation to virtue and vice, and the roles of fate and chance in impoverishment. Such debates were peripheral for strands of the Jewish tradition where poverty discourse was shaped by narrative frameworks incorporating transgression, curse, and the anticipated rescue of the righteous poor. These elements occur in New Testament texts, which endorse wider Jewish concern for the poor while reconfiguring hope for the end of poverty around an inaugurated eschatology centred on Jesus.

David J. Armitage Born 1975; 2015 PhD in Theology, University of Nottingham.


The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 60 (2016), S. 520
In: Biblica — 98 (2017), S. 628–631 (Pedro Cabello Morales)
In: Journal of the Ev. Theol. Society — 61 (2018), S. 172–175 (Mariam J. Kovalishyn)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 39.5 (2017), S. 20–21 (F. Gerald Downing)
In: Filologia Neotestamentaria — 33 (2020), pp. 198–200 (Christoph Stenschke)