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



James’s epistle contains three sections on the rich and poor. In 5:1–6, James condemns rich landowners for oppressing their poor workers. 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” and with a concern for the love of our neighbors. A variety of ways of using money in this manner are suggested.

Todd Scacewater, "The Dynamic and Righteous Use of Wealth in James 5:1-6," Journal of Markets & Morality 20, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 227-242

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