Journal Issue Focuses on Faith, Work, and Economics

The most recent issue of the Southwestern Journal of Theology (Spring 2017) highlights the work of several scholars in the field of faith, work, and economics. The articles contained in the journal are the result of two events hosted by the Land Center for Cultural Engagement. In 2015 and 2016, the Land Center hosted colloquia on the New Testament and Economics and the Old Testament and Economics. Some of the papers presented at those colloquia serve as the foundation for this journal issue.

John Taylor and Eric Mitchell note the significance of this journal as the write in the guest editorial:

One of the key developments in the Christian landscape in recent years, and one which has the potential to have a lasting impact on the church’s mission in the world, has been the rising interest in understanding human work and economic life, from both a biblical and theological perspective. For too many believers there is a disconnect between their church activities, and the work which occupies most of their waking lives, whether paid or unpaid. The so-called “Faith and Work” movement has attempted to bridge that Sunday-Monday gap. There is a need for whole-life discipleship, in which work is important not only for economic well-being, or for the development of godly character, but, according to the creation mandate of Genesis 1 and 2, is also the avenue for human flourishing in a fallen world, the arena for the expansion of the kingdom of God, and the proclamation of the gospel. Although this movement is able to draw upon Luther’s understanding of vocation it has otherwise lacked a substantive and freshly formulated theological and biblical underpinning.

The authors and article titles are listed below:

“Are Business People the Bad Guys? Person and Property in the Pentateuch” by David W. Baker

“The Year of Jubilee and the Ancient Israelite Economy” by John S. Bergsma

“Limited Government and Taxation in the Old Testament” by Eric Mitchell

“Land Grabs, Unjust Exchange, and Bribes: Economic Opportunism and the Rights of the Poor in Ancient Israel” by Edd S. Noell

“Labor of Love: The Theology of Work in First and Second Thessalonians” by John Taylor

“The Business Secrets of Paul of Tarsus” by Thomas W. Davis

This issue of the Southwestern Journal of Theology is available here.