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Divine Accounting: Theo-Economics in Early Christianity

Jennifer A. Quigley


This book shows how the divine was an active participant in the economic spheres of the ancient Mediterranean world. Gods and goddesses were represented as owning goods, holding accounts, and producing wealth. The book argues that early Christ-followers also used financial language to articulate and imagine their relationship to the divine. It takes seriously the overlapping of themes such as poverty, labor, social status, suffering, cosmology, and eschatology in material evidence from the ancient Mediterranean and early Christian texts. The book begins with an overview of theo-economics, whic ... More

Keywords: divine, ancient Mediterranean world, gods, goddesses, poverty, labor, social status, suffering, cosmology, eschatology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300253160
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300253160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer A. Quigley, author
Drew University