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Bibil Identifier bibil:220005
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Redemptive Almsgiving and Economic Stratification in 2 Clement
Author Downs, David J.
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 19, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 493-517 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It has been suggested that 2 Clem., like other nascent Christian texts that promote the redemptive significance of almsgiving, reflects a social situation in which "wealthy" Christians are challenged to donate money to "poor" believers. In light of recent research on poverty in antiquity, however, this essay contends that 2 Clem. does not simply exhort prosperous Christians to display active, charitable concern for passive, impoverished believers. Instead, the exhortation for readers to participate in ἐλεημοσύνη in 2 Clem. 16.1-4 functions as an invitation for all believers to practice mutual assistance within the "church of life" (2 Clem. 14.2).
DOI 10.1353/earl.2011.0058
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Apostolic Fathers : Letters of Clement : 2 Clement
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Alms-giving
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