Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Wealth as Peril and Obligation: The New Testament on Possessions

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Wealth as Peril and Obligation: The New Testament on Possessions

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Wealth As Peril and Obligation: The New Testament on Possessions. By Sondra Ely Wheeler. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995, xviii + 158 pp., $14.99 paper.

In a day when at least many American Christians have far more material possessions than they really need, when a "prosperity gospel" is being preached in some Christian circles and when many in the world are living at a poverty level, Sondra Ely Wheeler's book on the teaching of the NT regarding wealth and material possessions is a much-needed contribution. Her book begins with a critical review of several approaches to the use of the NT in solving ethical issues generally. Then, following her own proposal for dealing with the text, she deals specifically and at length in separate chapters with Mark 10:17-31, Luke 12:22-34, 2 Cor 8:1-15 and Jas 5:1-6. In a separate chapter she deals briefly with the teachings regarding material wealth and possessions in the rest of the NT. She lists on pp. 118-119, along with the above references, the other NT passages that, in her estimation, have a "direct and specific" relevance to the issue of wealth and possessions.

Wheeler seems to take an undue amount of time to get to the main topic of her writing, but once one gets to chap. 3 and the material dealing with the specific texts of the NT, it is worth the waiting. At numerous spots throughout the exegetical part of her book there are "nuggets" of truth and applications of truth that deserve much meditation and application for the contemporary Church (see e. …

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