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The Bible and Money
Economy and Socioeconomic Ethics in the Bible
Edited by Markus Zehnder, Hallvard Hagelia

What does the Bible say about money? This volume presents the researches of 18 international biblical scholars at Ansgarskolen´s Norwegian Summer Academy for Biblical Studies. Papers include:

· The Prophets on Trade: Did They Consider it a Canaanite Affair?

· Two Categories of Loans in the Old Testament

· Give Willingly and Do Not Expect Anything? A Biblical View on Loans and Interest

· Government and Economy in the Hebrew Bible: Taxes and Related Issues

· State and Temple Economy in the Levant in the Persian and Hellenistic Periods

· Economics and Poverty: Negotiating the Spectrum of Personal Wealth or Shared Resources

· Proportionate and Sufficient Wealth: Financial Transparency in Paul’s Collection for the Saints in Jerusalem

· Engaging the New Testament and the Welfare State

· Divine Plenty, Human Thriftiness: A Canonical Reading of (Un)Limited Resources

This unusual volume is a useful resource for researchers, but also a coursebook to be used in the classroom and a comprehensive introduction to biblical economic ethics in general.


Hallvard Hagelia is Professor of Old Testament Studies at Ansgar College and Theological Seminary in Kristiansand, Norway.

Series: Bible in the Modern World, 76
978-1-910928-75-2 hardback
Publication November 2020