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Check out the great book Poverty in the Early Church and Today: A Conversation edited by Steve Walton and Hannah Swithinbank (London: T&T Clark, 2019).
It is thankfully available on-line as a PDF, so it will be available to those who cannot afford the $115 price tag for the commercial copy (only available as an ebook on kindle as far as I can tell). Talk about a cast of all-stars writing on great topics. The TOC looks amazing:
From the Preface:
Poverty is one of the most significant challenges our world today faces, and it is a particular challenge for Christians, who follow the Jesus who urges giving to the poor and who includes people in poverty among his highest concerns. The essays in this book offer a fresh angle on debates about poverty by bringing together people who have expertise and experience in alleviating poverty today with people who have expertise in the ancient worlds of the Bible. We bring them together in order to have a conversation about how Christians today might think about and act on poverty issues, informed by the way our ancestors-in-faith responded to poverty in their places and times. We are not simply interested in holding up modern practices to a supposed early Christian example. Rather, we are interested in the complex ways in which the early Christian ideas and practices relate to...
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