Economic Ideas in the Epistle of James
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Sarah Drakopoulou-Dodd: The Athens Laboratory of Business Administration, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
History of Economic Ideas, 2004, vol. 12, issue 1, 7-35
The Epistle of James provides a window into the early Christian economic thought. James’ work pays special attention to the piety of the poor as they are tested by economic exploitation and oppression. It attacks in the strongest possible terms the capital accumulation of the rich, and the unjust means used to acquire this wealth. James’ epistle also condemns merchants for trusting to their vision of the future, especially given the (presumed) imminence of the Parousia. James’ writings, however virulently antiworldly, nonetheless stand in a strong tradition of both Judaic and other ancient writings, as well as with many parts of the New Testament, most especially the two Lucan books. The epistle cannot, therefore, be dismissed as an aberrative example of protoChristian economic ideas.
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