Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions, By Craig L. Blomberg
Neither Poverty nor Riches
  • Length: 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: October 02, 2000
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2607
  • 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?

In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, 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.

Neither Poverty Nor Riches is one book that all should read who are concerned with issues of poverty and wealth.

Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.


Series Preface
Author's Preface

Introductory Considerations
A Sampling of Statistics
Christian Response

1. The Old Testament and Material Possessions: The Historical Books
From Eden to Sinai
From Sinai to Canaan: the Law of Moses
In the Promised Land: Cycles of Obedience and Disobedience
Summary and Conclusions

2. The Old Testament Wisdom and Prophetic Literature
Poetry and Wisdom Literature
The Prophets
Summary and Conclusions
Conclusions Concerning the Entire Old Testament and Material Possessions

3. Additional Historical Background: Between the Testaments
Socio-political Developments
The Literature of the Jews
Other Ideological Developments Prior to the New Testament
Information from the Gospels Bearing on the Socio-economic Status of the Main Characters

4. The Teaching of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels
The Parables of Jesus
The Remaining Teachings of Jesus

5. Earliest Christianity
The Epistle of James
The Book of Acts

6. The Life and Teaching of Paul
1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
The Prison Epistles
The Pastoral Epistles
Summary and Conclusions

7. The Rest of the New Testament
The Synoptic Evangelists
The Rest of the New Testament
Summary and Conclusions

8. Summary, Conclusions and Applications
Additional Conclusions

Index of Authors


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Craig L. Blomberg

Craig L. Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. His books include Interpreting the Parables, Neither Poverty nor Riches, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel, commentaries on Matthew and 1 Corinthians, Making Sense of the New Testament: 3 Crucial Questions and Preaching the Parables.

D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.