Land, Credit and Crisis: Agrarian Finance in the Hebrew Bible

1st Edition

Philippe Guillaume

Routledge
Published January 15, 2012
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9781845539283 - CAT# Y175886
Series: BibleWorld

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Summary

Land, Credit and Crisis presents a new understanding of the financial culture of the Bible. Biblical Palestine was characterized by an over-abundance of arable land combined with a chronic lack of manpower and agricultural credit - circumstances which lead to much prophetic fulminating against merchants and the rich. The book reveals how the financial instruments and institutions of the time reflected a tough economic realism and argues that the image of the biblical prophet as a champion of social justice must be revised.

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