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All content available from the Liturgical Press website is protected by copyright and is owned or controlled by Liturgical Press. You may print or download to a local hard disk the e-book content for your personal and non-commercial use only equal to the number of copies purchased. Each reproduction must include the title and full copyright notice as it appears in the content. UNAUTHORIZED COPYING, REPRODUCTION, REPUBLISHING, UPLOADING, DOWNLOADING, DISTRIBUTION, POSTING, TRANSMITTING OR DUPLICATING ANY OF THE MATERIAL IS PROHIBITED. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8785-7 “Collins has opened doors in the Scriptures that reveal texts that are rarely explored, and even more rarely, explored fully and together. Yet these texts are central to Jesus’ teachings. Living as we do in a culture dominated by greed, it is countercultural to be consistently generous, and, even more so, to be radically generous, but that is precisely the lifestyle to which the Gospel calls us. Collins presents each of these texts, explains their meaning in the historical context in which they were first produced, and briefly, at the end of each chapter, exposes our deafness. The Gospel has the power to transform us, and Collins’ exegetical study can help to facilitate that transformation. Every Roman Catholic, every Christian, should read this book.” —Alice L. Laffey Professor Emerita College of the Holy Cross “Ray Collins has favored us with a careful examination of what the Bible has to share with us from God’s heart about money. Wealth, Wages, and the Wealthy is a steady, practical, and inspiring reply to any who would barricade money and its uses and misuses from things spiritual, and a hearty support for Pope Francis’s dream for Christians worldwide.” —Dr. James C. Howell Senior Pastor, Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC Adjunct Professor, Duke Divinity School “The final chapter alone in Ray Collins’s latest book, Wealth, Wages, and the Wealthy, is worth the price of the entire book. But, if you read only the final chapter, you will miss the careful and very accessible scholarship that leads him to conclude that Jesus’ teaching and early Christian practice challenge, even condemn, the present economic order of the West, and of the United States in particular, because it oppresses the poor and those on the margins of society, leaving them with no access to justice or to hope. Every pastor needs to have this in his or her library. It will also be of great use in the undergraduate classroom in courses that deal with the practice of Christian morality.” —Mary Kate Birge, SSJ, PhD Associate Professor of Theology Mount St. Mary’s University “With candor and brilliance, Ray Collins offers a rigorous study of the New Testament to bring to the fore one of the most pressing issues affecting the common good in the ancient world and today: economic justice. Collins challenges contemporary preachers and leaders to address poverty, wage manipulation, and the misuse of the judicial system, and he has provided the needed information and basis for them to do so. Would that our Sunday sermons and legislation now ring loudly with the prophetic spirit!” —Carol J. Dempsey, OP Professor of Theology (Biblical Studies) University of Portland, OR Wealth, Wages, and the Wealthy New Testament Insight for Preachers and Teachers Raymond F. Collins A Michael Glazier Book LITURGICAL PRESS Collegeville, Minnesota www.litpress.org A Michael Glazier Book published by Liturgical Press Cover design by Monica Bokinskie. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.© 2017 by Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, microfilm, microfiche, mechanical recording, photocopying, translation, or by any other means, known or yet unknown, for any purpose except brief quotations in reviews, without the previous written permission of Liturgical Press, Saint John’s Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, Minnesota 56321-7500. Printed in the United States of America. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Collins, Raymond F., 1935– author. Title: Wealth, wages, and the wealthy : new testament insight for preachers and teachers / Raymond F. Collins. Description: Collegeville, Minnesota : Liturgical Press, [2017] | “A Michael Glazier Book.” | Description based on print version record and CIP data provided...


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