Cover

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Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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p. vii

Abbreviations

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pp. viii-xi

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xix

Hardly had the ink dried on Pope Francis’s first encyclical, Laudato Sì, “On Care for Our Common Home”1—in some cases even before it dried—than the Bishop of Rome was attacked from various quarters. His attackers included some who said that he should stick to...

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1. Paul

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pp. 1-15

The earliest witness to the nascent Christian movement is the apostle Paul, who was called Saul when he was reared in a Hellenistic Jewish community in the city of Tarsus in Asia Minor. He is known to later generations through his letters that have been preserved...

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2. Paul’s Letters

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pp. 16-67

It is appropriate that we begin our textual study with an examination of Paul’s letters not only because they are the oldest of the New Testament documents but also because they are occasional compositions. They were written to flesh-and-blood communities...

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3. Mark

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pp. 68-94

Among New Testament scholars it is almost a commonplace to observe that the Gospel of Mark is not a rich lode from which one can extract an abundance of nuggets of ethical material.1 The evangelist wrote a story about Jesus and his disciples, and although he observes...

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4. Matthew

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pp. 95-138

The Gospel of Matthew is a revised edition of the Gospel of Mark intended for a Greek-reading Jewish-Christian readership. It retells Mark’s story of Jesus in a way that also reflects the experiences of the Matthean church.1 Although it is impossible to delineate the...

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5. Luke

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pp. 139-188

The Gospel of Luke, the “third gospel,” is more than likely the most recent of the three Synoptic Gospels to have been written. Like Matthew, it may be considered a revised version of Mark, but it was written for a different audience. The prologue to this gospel indicates...

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6. Acts

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pp. 189-213

The Gospel of Luke is actually the first part of a two-part work. Luke was not alone among Hellenistic historians in composing a historical work in two parts.1 Josephus, the evangelist’s contemporary, did something similar. The first part of Luke’s work was devoted to...

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7. The Deutero-Pauline Texts

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pp. 214-242

The Epistles to the Ephesians and to the Colossians, the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, the two Epistles to Timothy, and the Epistle to Titus are generally considered to be pseudepigraphic.1 Although bearing Paul’s name—signed by him, if you will—they were...

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8. The Catholic Epistles

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pp. 243-270

The Epistle of James, the First and Second Epistles of Peter, the First, Second, and Third Epistles of John, and the Epistle of Jude appear in the canonical New Testament between the Epistle to the Hebrews and the book of Revelation. They are usually grouped together...

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9. The Johannine Corpus

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pp. 271-286

The last group of New Testament texts to be examined in this study are the Gospel of John, the three epistles of John, and the book of Revelation. For long periods in the history of the church each of these five texts has been attributed to John, one of the Twelve. For...

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Concluding Thoughts

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pp. 287-305

This study of the passages in the New Testament that treat of wealth, wages, and the wealthy leads to one singularly important conclusion, namely, that there is a remarkable consistency among the various authors and their different writings with regard to wealth...

Bibliography of Scriptural Commentaries

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pp. 307-312

Bibliography

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pp. 313-324

Scripture Index

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pp. 325-336

Index of Classical, Jewish, and Patristic Sources

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pp. 337-340

Index of Modern Authors

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pp. 341-344

Index of Topics

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pp. 345-347