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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587432749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587432743
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this comprehensive review of statements in the Bible about economics, wealth and poverty, New Testament scholar and author Witherington (The Brother of Jesus) analyzes canonical texts and their contemporary applications for Christians. Aiming to help the faithful avoid perils of selective misuse of scripture (the sin of prosperity preachers who focus on the Jabez prayer and isolated wealth proverbs), Witherington uses a creation theology lens: all things ultimately belong to God. While acknowledging the wisdom of Old Testament guidance, the author urges a New Testament theology of stewardship and giving, which calls Christians, guided by the Lord's Prayer, beyond tithing to sacrificial giving. From unpacking perplexing gospel stories like the dishonest steward to offering concrete advice on how to separate from a culture of conspicuous consumption (discerning between necessities and luxuries and practicing debt forgiveness are among the practices he advocates), this cogent, accessible scholarly analysis contributes to the current economic conversation and urgently calls people of faith to review and reform their role as God's stewards. Appendixes include popular Christian myths about money, and a powerful and apt 18th-century sermon on money by John Wesley. (Jan.)
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"In Jesus and Money, Ben Witherington has done something that is not nearly as easy as it looks: he has presented a clear, accessible, and carefully balanced Christian view of wealth. He draws from a range of scholars of different theological stripes, embracing necessary complexities while ruling out popular views that are simply untenable. This will be of help to any church group that wants to take an honest look at what the Bible teaches us about money."--Sondra Ely Wheeler, Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary

"This timely book blends Witherington's exegetical skill and his pastoral concern to address a very relevant issue. His interpretations of various passages reveal the complexity of issues involved in interpreting and applying texts about money that many take for granted. While this work is a welcome retort to the Scripture-twisting of prosperity preachers, it will also challenge many who have been living large without sustained theological reflection on their lifestyle."--Craig Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Seminary

More About the Author

Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on May 21, 2010
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This is one of Witherington's best books. It is a sharp critique of our materialistic, consumer oriented, self-centered society. The author takes proponents of the health wealth gospel to task and points out that financial resources are to be used to support the needs of our families and for the furtherance of the gospel message. Witherington expertly interprets both Old and New Testament texts related to money and possessions and challenges believers to live fiscally frugal lives for Christ. Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By eleftheria on June 24, 2010
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Very well researched, the book is a welcoming relief from the guilt of not being one of 'God's favourites' in the misleading prosperity philosophy. The author convicts us not on the basis on not being rich enough because we do not have faith, but not giving enough away , not being good enough stewards of what God gave us.
The author combs the Scriptures for examples of the sayings of Jesus on money and being rich, and also Paul's attitude to work and accepting charity, harmonizing each statement carefully with other passages elsewhere in the Bible, both New and Old Testament. A worthy book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Massey on September 14, 2013
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The subtitle of this book is "A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis." The synopsis on the back cover says, "Everyone concerned about making sense of money in a world of economic uncertainty will value this book." Based on these two statements, I was expecting to read a book that explores the question of how Christians should practice biblical principles of stewardship specifically during times of economic crisis and uncertainty. This is not that book. This is a book that critiques the prosperity gospel and consumerism. While I agree with what the author writes on those topics, that is not what I expected this book to be about. The principles the author lays out are principles that, in my opinion, we as Christians should practice at all times regardless of the state of the economy. Therefore, this book needs a different title. If you want a book that debunks prosperity theology and consumerism, this is an excellent book. But if, like me, you were expecting a book that explores how Christians should handle money in uncertain economic times--which is what the back cover says--then this book doesn't discuss that question at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben on November 5, 2012
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This book is timely and welcome. The insidious rise of the 'health and wealth gospel' needs to be solidly refuted and Christians led towards a God-centred view of wealth and its use. This book does that very well. Witherington does a good job of exegesis - explaining the socio-economic backdrops to the NT, before moving on to solid hermeneutics - applying these enduring truths into the 21st century Western socio-economy. If you're looking for a book to tell you exactly what you should do with your money, this is not it, and you won't find a good book like that. But this book can help you get your heart, faith and balance lined up with God's will.
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