Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
SCHEFFLER, Eben. Poverty eradication and the Bible in context: A serious challenge. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2013, vol.39, suppl.1, pp. 129-153. ISSN 2412-4265.
This article endeavours to reflect seriously on poverty in its ancient (biblical) and present-day contexts, and is motivated by the notion that present-day believers (whether Jewish or Christian) want their acknowledgement of the status of the Bible to contribute to the eradication of poverty in its present-day contexts. In this article, I shall briefly discuss the various terms for poverty used in the Bible, and I shall then reflect upon present-day definitions and distinctions. After a brief review of the (ancient) historical context of Israel (and the contemporary survival measures as revealed by archaeology), I shall then focus, again, on the present-day world, including the situation in South Africa. Only serious continued reflection can lead, ultimately, to any form of action.