Paul's Gift from Philippi: Conventions of Gift Exchange and Christian Giving (New)

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This volume is a study of Paul's response to the financial help he received from the church in Philippi whilst he was a prisoner in Rome. Philippians 4.10-20 has always puzzled commentators because of its seemingly strained and tortured mode of thanks. Word studies, psychological studies and literary studies have all failed to provide insight into the text, which is unique in the Pauline corpus. Using contemporary sources the author re-examines the passage in the light of Greek and Roman practices and language regarding the exchange of gifts and favours in society. The text concludes that gift exchange or social reciprocity, with its expectations and obligations, permeated every level of society in Paul's day, and that Paul's seemingly ungracious response was an attempt to create a new, Christian attitude to gifts and to giving.


  • SKU: 9780521572200
  • SKU10: 0521572207
  • Title: Paul's Gift from Philippi: Conventions of Gift Exchange and Christian Giving
  • Series: Society for New Testament Studies in Monograph
  • Qty Remaining Online: 120
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Date Published: Apr 2004
  • Edition Description: New
  • Pages: 246
  • Weight lbs: 1.05
  • Dimensions: 8.50" L x 5.50" W x 0.75" H
  • Themes: Theometrics | Academic;
  • Subject: Biblical Studies - New Testament


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