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Alms : charity, reward, and atonement in early Christianity

Author: David J Downs
Publisher: Waco, Texas : Baylor University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Christianity has often understood the death of Jesus on the cross as the sole means for forgiveness of sin. Despite this tradition, David Downs traces the early and sustained presence of yet another means by which Christians imagined atonement for sin: merciful care for the poor. In Alms: Charity, Reward, and Atonement in Early Christianity, Downs begins by considering the economic context of almsgiving in the
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David J Downs
ISBN: 9781602589971 1602589976 9781602589995 1602589992
OCLC Number: 918591008
Description: ix, 340 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: What can wash away my sin? --
Redeem your sins with acts of mercy : charity and reward in the Hebrew-Aramaic Bible and its Greek translation --
Merciful deeds deliver from death : charity and reward in the Apocrypha --
I desire mercy, not sacrifice : cult criticism and atoning almsgiving? --
Give alms with respect to the things within : charity and reward in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts --
Storing up treasure for a good foundation : almsgiving and reward in the Pauline Epistles --
Love covers a multitude of sins : atoning almsgiving in 1 Peter 4:8 and its early Christian reception --
Merciful practice is good as repentance for sin : resurrection, atonement, and care for the poor in second-century Christianity --
By alms and faith sins are purged away : almsgiving and atonement in early Christian scriptural exegesis.
Responsibility: David J. Downs.


Perhaps the ancient Christian integration of charity, reward, and atonement has the potential to reshape contemporary Christian traditions in which those spheres are separated.--Roman Garrison  Read more...
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A broad yet deep study of the atoning power of merciful action in ancient Judaism, the New Testament, and early Christianity, Alms is beautifully written and persuasively argued. Deposit this book in Read more...

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