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The Offering of the Gentiles: Paul's Collection for Jerusalem in Its Chronological, Cultural, and Cultic Contexts
Downs, David J.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016 pp. xviii + 204. $35.00

Description: The monetary fund that the apostle Paul organized among his Gentile congregations for the Jewish-Christian community in Jerusalem was clearly an important endeavor to Paul; discussion of it occupies several prominent passages in his letters. In this book David Downs carefully investigates that offering from historical, sociocultural, and theological standpoints. Downs first pieces together a chronological account of Paul's fund-raising efforts on behalf of the Jerusalem church, based primarily on information from the Pauline epistles. He then examines the sociocultural context of the collection, including gift-giving practices in the ancient Mediterranean world relating to benefaction and care for the poor. Finally, Downs explores how Paul framed this contribution rhetorically as a religious offering consecrated to God.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Stephan J. Joubert
Published 4/19/2018
Citation: Stephan J. Joubert, review of David J. Downs, The Offering of the Gentiles: Paul's Collection for Jerusalem in Its Chronological, Cultural, and Cultic Contexts, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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