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The Dynamic and Righteous Use of Wealth in James 5:1–6

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Abstract

James’s epistle contains three sections on the rich and poor. In 5:1­–6, James condemns the rich for oppressing the poor. By interacting with Jewish teachings on the proper use of wealth, he promotes an alternative to the wicked use of resources by the rich whom he addresses. James’s vision for the use of our resources is that they be used dynamically and righteously, with utmost urgency as we have entered “the latter days.” The final section argues that James’s vision of a dynamic and righteous use of wealth aligns best with markets that are free but morally guided.

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Money, Resources, Markets, Theology, Ethics


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