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Benefaction and Patronage in Leadership: A Socio-historical Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles
Joshua, Nathan Nzyoka

Carlisle, England: Langham, 2018 pp. xviii + 322. $39.99

Description: Since antiquity, many have come to view benefaction and patronage in a negative light, largely due to the increasingly immoral motives of those involved in systems that can be exploitative or corrupt. Dr Nathan Joshua provides a counter to this perception and instead draws attention to the goodness of godly benefaction and patronage from an African Christian perspective. Dr Joshua gives a detailed historical analysis of the Pastoral Epistles in the social context of benefaction and patronage in the first century AD, while offering a comparative study on how to carefully apply the values of benefaction and patronage in light of Paulís perspective in the Pastoral Epistles, in Christian life and leadership. This is a valuable resource addressing the need for leadership with integrity, and challenging the negative outlook surrounding benefaction and patronage today.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Theological Approaches, Reception History, Theological Interpretation

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Review by Jin Hwan Lee
Published 10/15/2020
Citation: Jin Hwan Lee, review of Nathan Nzyoka Joshua, Benefaction and Patronage in Leadership: A Socio-historical Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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