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By Gary A. Anderson

It has lengthy been stated that Jews and Christians unusual themselves via charity to the poor. Though old Greeks and Romans have been additionally beneficiant, they funded theaters and baths instead of poorhouses and orphanages. How may possibly we clarify this difference?


In this important reappraisal of charity within the biblical culture, Gary Anderson argues that the negative constituted the privileged position the place Jews and Christians met God. Though issues for social justice weren't unknown to early Jews and Christians, the negative completed the significance they did basically simply because they have been regarded as “living altars,” a spot to make a sacrifice, a mortgage to God that he, because the final guarantor, might be depended on to pay off in turn.


Contrary to the assertions of Reformation and sleek opinions, trust in a heavenly treasury was once not only approximately self-interest. Sifting via biblical and postbiblical texts, Anderson indicates how charity affirms the goodness of the created order; the area used to be created via charity and for that reason rewards it.

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