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Seeking the Imperishable Treasure: Wealth, Wisdom, and a Jesus Saying
Johnson, Steven R.

Eugene, Ore.: Cascade, 2008 pp. xiv + 183. $44.00

Description: In Seeking the Imperishable Treasure, Johnson tracks the use of a single saying of Jesus over time and among theologically divergent authors and communities. He identifies six different versions of the saying in the canonical gospels and epistles (Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, James, and Colossians), as well as the Gospel of Thomas and Q. After tracing the tradition and redaction history of this wisdom admonition, he observes at least two distinctly different wisdom themes that are applied to the saying: the proper disposition of wealth and the search for knowledge, wisdom, or God. What he discovers is a saying of Jesus—with roots in Jewish wisdom and pietistic traditions, as well as popular Greek philosophy—that proved amazingly adaptable in its application to differing social and rhetorical contexts of the first century.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature

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Review by Ken Olson
Published 8/29/2009
Citation: Ken Olson, review of Steven R. Johnson, Seeking the Imperishable Treasure: Wealth, Wisdom, and a Jesus Saying, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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