The contemporary relevance of biblical explanations for the rich

This article considers whether biblical explanations for the rich can account for the existence of the rich in the developed world today. This involves identifying the biblical concept of the rich, and its relation to modern understandings of the rich. Biblical causes for the rich as interpreted by...

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Published in:Evangelical quarterly
Main Authors: Beed, Clive S. 1940-; Beed, Cara (Author)
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:Evangelical quarterly
Year: 2016, Volume: 88, Issue: 1, Pages: 37-55
Further subjects:B biblical definition of
B riches
B GATES, Bill, 1955-
B rich
B Microsoft
B RICH people
B MICROSOFT Corp
B SOCIAL stratification
B Bill Gates
B contemporary definition of
B WEALTH
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Summary:This article considers whether biblical explanations for the rich can account for the existence of the rich in the developed world today. This involves identifying the biblical concept of the rich, and its relation to modern understandings of the rich. Biblical causes for the rich as interpreted by a selection of biblical scholars are reviewed. Empirical evidence identifying the rich in the modern developed world, and reasons for their existence are canvassed. The question asked is how this compares with biblical explanations, and also with normative biblical instruction for desired behavior of the rich. The conclusion is that biblical guidelines for human relationships would preclude the development of a highly rich social stratum.
ISSN:0014-3367