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A Spiritual Economy: Gift Exchange in the Letters of Paul of Tarsus
Blanton IV, Thomas R.

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017 pp. x + 227. $85.00


Description: The exchange of gifts is a fundamental part of society and a foundational element in Greco-Roman religions. Combining theories of gift exchange, both modern and Greco-Roman, Thomas Blanton reveals how religious discourse—in the guise of “spiritual gifts” believed to come from Israel’s god—is instrumental in the formation of sociopolitical hierarchies and the assignment of honor and prestige. Blanton uses an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates religion, classics, sociology, and anthropology to investigate the economy of gift exchange shown in Paul’s letters.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by David E. Briones
Published 6/13/2019
Citation: David E. Briones, review of Thomas R. Blanton IV, A Spiritual Economy: Gift Exchange in the Letters of Paul of Tarsus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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