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Greed as Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor
Rosner, Brian†S.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007 pp. xiv + 214. $22.00


Description: What are the origin and meaning of the words ďgreed is idolatryĒ found in Ephesians 5:5 and Colossians 3:5? Brian Rosner ably takes on the challenge of interpretation by tackling the phrase as a metaphor, structuring his argument around an intriguing comparison to mountain climbing. From this vantage point, he offers a thorough history of interpretation of the phrase, including a study of the origin of the concept of idolatrous greed in biblical and Jewish sources. Rosner concludes that the comparison of greed with idolatry teaches that to desire to acquire and keep for oneself more money and material things is an attack on Godís exclusive right to human love, trust, and obedience.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by H. H. Drake Williams III
Published 6/7/2008
Citation: H. H. Drake Williams III, review of Brian S. Rosner, Greed as Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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