Divine Accounting Theo-Economics in Early Christianity Jennifer A Quigley

Series:
Synkrisis
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
13 Jul 2021
ISBN:
9780300253160
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
192 pages: 235 x 156 x 17mm
Illustrations:
1 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

A nuanced narrative about the intersections of religious and economic life in early Christianity

The divine was an active participant in the economic spheres of the ancient Mediterranean world. Evidence demonstrates that gods and goddesses were represented as owning goods, holding accounts, and producing wealth through the mediation of religious and civic officials. This book argues that early Christ-followers also used financial language to articulate and imagine their relationship to the divine. Theo-economics—intertwined theological and economic logics in which divine and human beings regularly transact with one another—permeate the letters of Paul and other texts connected with Pauline communities. Unlike other studies, which treat the ancient economy and religion separately, Divine Accounting takes seriously the overlapping of themes such as poverty, labor, social status, suffering, cosmology, and eschatology in material evidence from the ancient Mediterranean and early Christian texts.

Jennifer A. Quigley is assistant professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at Drew University Theological School.