The Bible on Community, Poverty, and Riches

by Russell Pregeant

1. I discuss the nature of Hebrew prophecy in Chapter 4 of Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons and address biblical economics more broadly in Knowing Truth, Doing Good: Engaging New Testament Ethics (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008).

2. Richard A. Horsley, Covenant Economics: A Biblical Vision for Justice for All (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009), Ch. 1; quotation from p. 15.

3. Ibid., 57.

4. William R. Herzog II, Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994), 181.

5. Warren Carter, "Taxes, Taxation," The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible S-Z, Vol. 5 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009), 479.

6. Horsley, 107.

7. Mark Allen Powell, God with Us: A Pastoral Theology of Matthew’s Gospel (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995), 119-40; Donald A. Hagner, Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 33 Matthew 1-13 (Dallas: Word Books, Publisher, 1993), 87-96; Russell Pregeant, Knowing Truth, Doing Good, 129-33.

8. 1 Cor 2:6-8, 15:25; Rom 8:38.

9. Walter Wink, Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984), 11; emphasis original.

10. Ibid., 49.

11. William R. Herzog, Prophet and Teacher: An Introduction to the Historical Jesus (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2005), 185.

12. Ibid., 189.

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